ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOX) – A St. Charles County prosecutor is facing questions about how a man accused of choking his sister had his bond lowered, only to be released and accused of grabbing another girl from a front porch.
John Calvin Perry, 20, was originally considered dangerous enough that a judge set his bail at $15,000 but it was later lowered to $500 and Perry paid it.
While he was out, Perry allegedly took a seven-year old girl from her front porch, later telling police he “needed to hurt someone.”
Prosecutor Tim Lohmar says Perry’s bond was lowered to get him into a psychiatric evaluation program that would only be billable to Medicaid if he was out of jail.
“I don’t think we could have done anything differently under the parameters that we have now. It goes back to a matter of funding,” Lohmar says. “I can say that this would probably give us some reasons to ask some questions and see whether or not the system is set up the reason it should be.”
Perry is now charged with felony child kidnapping and being held on a $200,000 cash-only bond.