Ex-Police Chief Accused of Violating Bond Conditions26-Sep-2014
Being released on bond is not just a matter of paying the bail money and getting out of jail pending the outcome of a case. Often, bond is accompanied by certain conditions of release, and violating those conditions will likely land a defendant back behind bars, regardless of bail.
That's exactly what prosecutors in Mayes County want to happen to a former Spavinaw police chief accused of felony sex crimes against two girls. Janice Steidley, district attorney for District 12 encompassing Mayes, Rogers, and Craig counties, says that 75-year-old Clarence Gregory, Sr., has violated the terms of his release, and she is asking the court to revoke his bond.
In virtually any assault case, including sexual assault or lewd molestation, one of the conditions of release is that the defendant is to have no contact with his or her alleged victims. That is true in Gregory's case as well.
Gregory is accused of molesting two girls over several years. After his arrest in July, he was released on $100,000 bond with the conditions that he have "absolutely no contact" with the alleged victims or their families. Prosecutors say that Gregory has violated those terms by sitting in his car outside the girls' school and watching them. While watching someone from one's own car may not involve physical or verbal contact, Oklahoma's stalking, harassment, and VPO laws include coming within a certain distance of the victims, leaving items for the victims, being within a victim's line of sight, or otherwise making oneself know to those the defendant is barred from contacting.
If Gregory's bond is revoked, the elderly ex-law enforcement officer will be sent back to jail to await his trial.
The accusations against Gregory shocked those that knew him in the town of Spavinaw, where he was chief of police until he was arrested by the OSBI. He was considered an upstanding citizen and active church member, serving as school board member and volunteer basketball coach before becoming the police chief. In July, when the allegations became public, the town terminated him as chief of police, and they have since appointed an interim chief.
In any case, it is important to adhere to the conditions of release. These conditions may include GPS monitoring, house arrest, and prohibition from contact with victims or accusers. In allegations of sexual assault, a defendant may be barred from contacting his or her own friends and family members. This can be difficult to endure, but violating the bond conditions will likely end up with the defendant having the bond revoked and being put back in jail.
If you have been released on bond pending the outcome of your case, speak with your attorney to make sure you understand and comply with the conditions of your release.
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