A 1st District judge has reduced bail to $25,000 for a 31-year-old Snowville man charged in the kidnapping and sexual abuse of a young Deweyville girl, even though the probation department wanted him held without bail.
Judge Gordon Low on Thursday reduced bail from $50,000 for Thomas C. Headley and tentatively scheduled a July 8 preliminary hearing. Headley was being held in the Box Elder County Jail.County Attorney Jon Bunderson argued that the defendant's probation agreement specified that he break no law, but Low ruled that Headley was released on probation March 21, well after the abduction of the 6-year-old girl.
Headley had been granted probation after pleading guilty to felony theft for stealing a calf near Snowville on May 24, 1987.
He was sentenced to jail for one year and fined $2,500. The sentence and fines were suspended and Headley was granted probation, ordered to serve 15 days in jail, pay $1,600 in restitution and fines and undergo alcohol counseling.
The girl was kidnapped March 24, 1987, from a middle school playground. The kidnapper drove her to Idaho and released her after sexually abusing her, authorities said.
Defense attorney Don Sharp of Ogden argued earlier that the kidnapping occurred before Headley was granted probation in the theft case, and the agreement promised only that Headley would not commit any crimes while on probation
The kidnapping originally led to the arrest of Frank James Harvey, 46, Yakima, Wash., who was convicted and sentenced to 16 years in prison. He spent 10 months in the county jail and prison before he was released Jan. 8 on his own recognizance after he had been granted a new trial.