A Griffin man facing numerous child molestation and child pornography charges pleaded not guilty Thursday in Spalding County Superior Court.

Griffin Superior Court Judge Scott Ballard also denied bond at a hearing held Thursday for Brian Brinkerhoff, 39.

Brinkerhoff is charged with two counts of aggravated child molestation, three counts of computer pornography, aggravated sodomy, three counts of aggravated sexual battery, incest, and five counts of obscene internet contact with a child.

During Thursday’s hearing, defense attorney Kathryn Thompson said Brinkerhoff had no prior criminal history and that he would abide by any bond conditions if bond was granted.

Citing a risk to reoffend and a risk to flee as Brinkerhoff is facing a potential life sentence in connection with the case, Griffin Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Kate Lenhard disagreed with the bond request.

“The case against him is strong,” Lenhard said of Brinkerhoff, adding that his case is not appropriate for bond.

In making his judgment, Ballard said Brinkerhoff is a “significant risk” for flight and a danger to the community if granted bond.

Brinkerhoff was arrested in April 2020 by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on several of the charges.

That arrest, Lenhard said, led to the discovery of a GBI investigation of Brinkerhoff.

According to the GBI, the GBI received four cybertips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The tips were in reference to a Facebook submission that reportedly identified an account of Brian Brinkerhoff.

A Spalding County grand jury indicted Brinkerhoff on the charges in August. He is being held in the Spalding County Jail.

Assistant Managing Editor Anthony Rhoads contributed to this article.