CLINTON — Bond will remain as set for a Clinton man awaiting a retrial on a sex abuse charge.

Clinton County District Court Judge David Sivright late last week ruled that Anthony Curce’s bond will remain set at $19,500 cash or surety as he awaits retrial on a third-degree sex abuse charge.

Curce appeared in front of the judge at the Clinton County Jail via closed circuit TV on Wednesday for a bond review as Curce sought to have terms of bail eased.

Curce was found guilty of third-degree sex abuse during a trial in October and at sentencing on Dec. 22, requested a new trial. The matter was taken under advisement with the judge granting the motion for a new trial. Bond was continued at that time and the state appealed the new trial decision.

Because his bond will remain the same throughout the appeal process, Curce wants to be able to post 10 percent so he can get out of jail and live with relatives.

During the hearing, prosecutors said the terms should remain the same because Curce had violated a no-contact order while housed at the jail. Jailer Megan Sattler testified that Curce had called a friend from jail to get a message to the alleged victim in which he wants her to change her statement so charges against him would be dropped. The telephone call made in late February was monitored and recorded.

School Resource Officer John Davis said he had spoken with the victim and Davis concurred that Curce wanted the victim to forget the story at Curce’s second trial.

Prosecutors also said Curce failed to attend New Directions appointments during his pretrial release and was discharged from treatment.

Curce’s attorney Jay Sommers said the call may not have been made by Curce — that someone else could have made the call because Curce hadn’t been getting along well with others at the jail.

Curce said he is unable to make bail unless only a 10 percent posting is required.

He said his mother needs him at home. She lives just a few blocks from the jail and could use his support at home, he said. He said he didn’t know there was a protective order in place.

Sivright took the matter under advisement, later ruling that Curce’s bond remain at $19,500 cash or surety. The no-contact order also remains in place.

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