Bond of $500,000 Stays in Place For Sexual Assault Suspect

BEATRICE – Appearance bond will remain set at a half-million dollars for a man charged with five felonies in a sexual assault investigation.

A request to lower bond for 56-year-old Russell Mann was denied Monday, by District Judge Julie Smith.   Mann is charged with two counts of first-degree sexual assault, two charges of visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct, and third-degree sexual assault.  He’s also charged with misdemeanor unlawful intrusion.

His attorney, Dustin Garrison, argued that Mann is now confined to a wheel chair and is not a risk to flee.

:08                  “flight risk”

Mann was arrested by Beatrice Police March 23rd, of 2017.  Garrison told Judge Julie Smith in Gage County District Court that he has had “extensive trouble” seeing his client, while he’s been held at the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center in Lincoln.

:24                  “let me see him”

Garrison sought a bond reduction to $50,000.  He said Mann’s rights are being violated at D-and-E.  Chief Deputy Gage County Attorney Amanda Spracklen-Hogan voiced objection to lowering bond.

:22                  “community safety”

Judge Smith rescheduled a pre-trial hearing in the case for June 19th…and ordered that Mann be transported to the Gage County Jail the day before the hearing, giving his lawyer time to meet with him.

The charges against Mann allege he sexually assault a minor who was at least twelve years old, but under age sixteen.

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