By MELINDA WILLIAMS
Bond was denied Monday for a Pulaski man facing his third probation violation on a 2008 conviction for taking indecent liberties with a minor.
Chris Tuck asked a Pulaski County Circuit Court judge to set a “reasonable” bond for his client, 41-year-old Clifton Wayne Fitzgerald, saying Fitzgerald is a life-long resident of Virginia and is not likely to abscond.
Fitzgerald’s probation revocations are the result of new charges of larceny, according to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Skip Schwab. Although a $10,000 bond has been set on the larceny charges, Fitzgerald is being held without bond on the probation violation charges.
In addition to indecent liberties, Fitzgerald also is charged with violating probation on convictions of failure to register as a sex offender and petit larceny.
Fitzgerald told Judge Marcus Long Jr. that he has lived in the New River Valley for 10 years, adding that all of his family lives in Pulaski County and they are willing to post property as collateral for his bond. He lived in Martinsville prior to moving to the NRV.
Although Fitzgerald said he has no convictions for escape, he failed to contact his probation officer for a period of a year on an earlier probation violation, Schwab said. He said the alleged violations Fitzgerald now faces are the result of the new larceny charges and two positive drug screens (September and January).
Judge Long denied the bond request, citing the fact this is the third time Fitzgerald has been charged with violating probation on the indecent liberties conviction. “He’s not done well on probation. These are very serious charges he’s been convicted of, so I’m going to order he be held without bond,” the judge said.