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Bond Withdrawn for Former OKC Police Officer Charged with Rape

21-Aug-2015

After twice being returned to jail for violating the terms of his house arrest, a former Oklahoma City police officer charged with rape seems to be out of chances to stay out of jail. 

Daniel K. Holtzclaw, 28, was charged last summer with 36 criminal counts, the majority of which are felony sex crimes, after he was accused of sexually assaulting and raping women during traffic stops or as they walked along city streets during his shift with the Oklahoma City Police Department. He was released on $500,000 bond and ordered to house arrest. However, he was sent back to jail twice after failing to follow the rules of his house arrest. 

In the first incident, the defendant left his house in October for a medical appointment, but failed to notify his bond release program case manager. For the violation, a judge ordered him to spend 14 days in jail and increased his bond to $609,000.

Apparently, those two weeks in jail for a trip to the doctor were not enough to make the defendant realize that the court was serious about his house arrest. Earlier this month, Holtzclaw was again ordered back to jail--this time for 15 days after he failed to charge his GPS ankle monitor as required. The defendant is required to let no more than 24 hours elapse between charging sessions, but instead, he let the battery go completely dead. This means that the device was unable to monitor his whereabouts for more than 6 hours from 12:20 a.m. to 7 a.m. on July 19.

After two violations and nearly four weeks in jail, his bond insurer has had enough, considering Holtzclaw to be too big a risk for their investment. The bond company filed paperwork to retract the bond. Without someone to pay his bond, Holtzclaw could remain in jail until the conclusion of his trial.

In order to make bail, many people rely on a bail bondsman to get them out of jail. In this case, Holtzclaw's initial bond was $500,000. If the defendant cannot come up with $500,000 bond himself or herself, then he or she may pay a fee--generally 10 percent of the bond--to a bail bondsman, who post bond for the defendant. If the defendant makes all of his or her court dates, then at the conclusion of the case, the bond is returned to the bail bondsman. If the defendant "jumps bail," then the bond is forfeited to the court. In Holtzclaw's case, his family has already paid more than $50,000 to the bondsman. In the same manner that the bondsman's fee is relinquished at the end of a trial, that money will not be returned to the family even though the bond insurers are withdrawing bond.

 

 



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