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Bond denied for Pulaski sex offender

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

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.

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5 Responses to Bond denied for Pulaski sex offender

  1. Brenda Musick

    March 12, 2014 at 8:43 am

    About the Musick case; Pulaski County Police Department does not arrest people without evidence. Shockley is a defense lawyer in this case he is paid to make Mr. Lawrence Musick look like a angle; he is also paid to make the mother look like the devil. The victim; the child is what the courts need to focus on. Which I am sure they will.

    • Lola

      March 15, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      Which type of angle will the lawyer make him look like – right, obtuse, straight or acute?

  2. NotAFool

    March 12, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Are you stupid? They can and will arrest anyone without evidence. I don’t know about the case you are talking about so I have nothing to say about that but when it comes to cops arresting people without evidence, you are dead wrong

  3. Here's a clue

    March 14, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Try posting your thoughts on that case on an article related to it. This isn’t about the Musick case.

  4. Amanda Hopkins

    March 14, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Thats why we have so mush going on now days with childern gettting hurt. A jugde will give a man a bond for rape or juat about anything containing a child but when they still, dont report to their po or just something simple they dont get any bond. So tell me this why do they call it justice all these judges are telling me and my childern that its ok to mess with a child and if it happend to them or one of their childern you are better off handalling it yourself than to leave it up to a judge cause if its anything other than rape you will go to jail and pull more time than a murder. So go ahead give a sex offender 5 years and a man who stills 10 to 15 got for bid they go still again to support their family and let the sex offender out so you will still have a job.

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