WEST PALM BEACH, FL -- Richard Harris hobbled into court for his bond hearing.He's accused of videotaping teens performing sex acts, promising them a chance to advance their football careers. The prosecution did not waste any time presenting its case. The attorney claims victims were too afraid to appear in court and granting Harris bond would create even more fear.
Detective Lori Gunn with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office read a letter in court from one of the victims. "He stated quote Harris should remain in jail without bond because he did wrong and it affected a lot of people's lives".
The defense said Harris has health issues and should be able to bond out. The judge agreed setting a 65-thousand dollar bond. "He will be on in-house arrest with a monitor, he will live at his sister's in Fort Lauderdale". The guidelines to his house arrest are strict: he will be under a 24 hour curfew. He can only go to the doctor with prior permission. He cannotcontact the victims or witnesses. Nor can he consume alcohol or possess a weapon.
After the ruling the prosecution only had a few words to say. "We respect the court's ruliing of course". Defense attorney Sabarish Neelakanta said, "I believe that the judge did the right thing, he examined what the law is in Florida".
Harris will appear in court for a status check on July 16th.
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