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, Cumberlink.com 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.”


and

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.

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