GREENVILLE - Bryan D. Wombolt was granted a lower bond Tuesday afternoon in a sex case involving a local high school student.
Wombolt’s defense attorney, David A. Rohrer of Greenville, argued on his behalf at a bond reduction hearing in the Darke County Common Pleas Court. Wombolt, who was incarcerated in the Preble County Jail, was not required to be present at the hearing.
“I know he is not a flight risk and would appear for everything ordered. He has no prior record and has served his country well your honor,” Rohrer said during Tuesday’s hearing.
Judge Jonathan P. Hein reduced Wombolt’s bond to $10,000 from a previously ordered bond of $50,000 which was handed down at an arraignment hearing Friday by Court Magistrate Anne J. Brumbaugh.
The 27-year-old Versailles resident was indicted Thursday on four counts of Sexual Battery, felonies of the third degree, stemming from an investigation with the Greenville Police Department. The alleged offenses involved a 17-year-old female high school student in which the then auxiliary Sheriff deputy engaged in sexual misconduct.
“I do understand the department’s disappointment, but that is not the factor before the court at the moment,” Judge Hein said after deciding to lower the bond amount. “He gets the benefit of not being treated any worse than anyone else.”
Judge Hein ordered that if Wombolt makes bond he will be placed on house arrest along with pre-trial supervision and is to have no contact with the victim in the case. He is also under a civil protection that was filed by his former girlfriend who informed investigators about the alleged criminal activity when she discovered evidence on his cell phone and is worried about what he might do if he gets out on bond, according to Darke County Prosecuting Attorney Kelly Ormsby.
Rohrer told The Daily Advocate he and his client will file a gag order due to all the high profile coverage and social media comments being made about the case. He also stated they may even look to a possible change of venue if they feel a fair trial in Darke County would be impossible.
Wombolt is scheduled for a pre-trial conference March 24 in Common Pleas Court.