TX: Austin judge sets $50k bond for child sex predator after previous judge recommended $1 million

Source: Fox News

“A homeless, convicted sexual predator, arrested in Austin, Texas, for felony sexual assault of a child had his bond set at $50,000 by a magistrate judge in late December, despite a previous judge having earlier recommended a $1,000,000 bond. ‘It’s just unconscionable that a judge that took an oath to keep the community safe, to protect children, would do something that would take a known career criminal and violent predator and put him back out in the street,’ Austin Police Department Senior Officer Justin Berry told Fox News. ‘It’s just appalling.’ The magistrate said she followed the proper procedures when considering the bond.” [editor’s note: The only legitimate purpose of bail is to incentivize appearance at trial – TLK] (01/06/22)