Friday, March 26, 2010

Stodghill's formal arraignment June 10th; could he be released on parole before then?

Criminal dockets posted online list June 10th as the start of David Stodghill's preliminary arraignment for all charges currently pending against him, including aggravated sexual assaults against a minor under the age of 13, harassment, and drug possession.

Of concern is also an application for an "ARD Hearing" on the dockets regarding the child sex offense charges. If granted for an "Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition," Stodghill could be released from prison immediately even without a guilty plea and placed on parole with certain conditions. After the parole terms have been met, Stodghill could then seek to have the charges expunged from his record.

The dockets also list another alias used by Stodghill: David M. Aten.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Details from David Stodghill's preliminary hearing

Stodghill's 13 year old accuser testifies, and info about ICE agents needing to stop a bus at gunpoint to make his arrest, among the details from an article in yesterday's Shippensburg Sentinel:
The girl testified at the hearing Monday, prompting Stodghill to look down at his hands several times and shake his head from side to side as she spoke.

She testified that Stodghill “often” did “all kind of weird stuff” to her, including describing oral sex to her and asking her to perform acts. She said she sometimes awoke with “sore” genitals after spending the night at Stodghill’s residence. She said the behavior persisted for about three years, until she “finally got tired of it” and told her mother.
Stodghill also claimed that he did not flee Shippensburg, but simply left for California to take photographs of the Michael Jackson funeral.

Assistant Cumberland County District Attorney Jaime Keating responded by offering details of Stodghill's lengths to elude Federal Marshalls and ICE agents last month in Los Angeles:
Keating said Stodghill changed his appearance while in California and fled his Cahuenga Boulevard condo just prior to the arrival of the ICE agents...

Keating said the agents “treed” Stodghill three days after his initial escape, only to see him jump from the tree, scramble to his feet and flee quickly enough to get aboard a public transportation bus.

He was captured only after agents stopped the bus at gunpoint, Keating said.
While Stodghill's public defender attempted to have a reduction in his $25,000 bail for these charges, after hearing the evidence the judge raised it to $150,000.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Stodghill's bail skyrockets to $150,000 after preliminary hearing

Following this morning's preliminary hearing, bail for David Stodghill on the charges of aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, and corruption of minors have skyrocketed to $150,000, and he continues to be held at Cumberland County Prison.

Not many details to add than what is available on the court dockets , but it is presumed that the bail was increased after the judge was able to review the full weight of the charges and Stodghill's previous outstanding warrants and fugitive status from the same court system.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Stodghill's bail doubled to $50,000

After being arraigned on earlier charges, Stodghill's $25,000 bail for his alleged sexual abuse of a minor was effectively raised to $50,000 at an arraigment on March 1st, per documents posted on the Pennsylvania Courts website.

For a harrassment charge originally filed July 6th, bail was set at $10,000. For charges of marijuana and drug paraphernalia originally filed on June 30th, bail was set for $15,000. Stodghill failed to appear to original court summons for these charges over the summer, after he'd reportedly fled to the Los Angeles area.

Currently being held at Cumberland County Prison, these same documents list March 22nd as a release date, the same day as his preliminary hearing. It is presumed that District Attorney David Freed will ask Stodghill to be detained through further court proceedings due to the weight of the charges and Stodghill's former fugitive status.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Bail set for David Stodghill: $25,000 (UPDATED)

According to documents posted online by the Pennsylvania court system, bail for David Stodghill has been set at $25,000 for charges of aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, and corruption of minors. This amount appears to be extremely low considering Stodghill's previous fugitive status and parole violations.

A preliminary is listed as beginning Thursday, March 4th.

Update: In an article about Stodghill's return to Cumberland County Prison, writes that law enforcement was working to increase his bail amount:

District Attorney David Freed says the nature of Stodghill’s alleged crimes and “the fact that we had to go to California to get him” are a concern. Freed points out that the amount of bail is the sole discretion of Brewbaker at this point, but there are alternatives available.

“We are concerned about this defendant,” Freed said. “We do not believe that the MDJ had the full story in front of her when she made the bail decision. We are working with the state police to gather the pertinent information and intend to file a motion to have the bail decision reconsidered.”


Sgt. Jonathan Mays of state police at Carlisle said other arrest warrants for Stodghill’s arrest on lesser charges are being processed.

“If he made bail right now, these warrants would pop up to hold him for a short time,” Mays said. “That gives us a little time.”

A preliminary hearing for Stodghill was set for Thursday but will have to be rescheduled because Magisterial District Judge Harold Bender, in Shippensburg where the charges were filed, is out of town.

Cumberland County Prison welcomes back David Stodghill

David Manning Stodghill is now listed as an inmate at Cumberland County Prison.