Court denies lower bail for King

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By Vince Luecke

Child-molesting suspect remains in county jail

TELL CITY - County Magistrate Karen Werner turned down Friday a bail-reduction request sought by a Tell City man charged with three counts of child molesting.

Jason King, 1148 Ninth St., petitioned the court to reduce his $60,000 cash-only bail. King was arrested after he turned himself in at the Perry County Family and Social Services Administration Office last month.

Police launched a criminal investigation after a girl's mother accused King of inappropriately touching the child.

Defense attorney John Hargis argued King was not a flight risk and had made arrangements, if he could post a lower bail, to live with his mother in Kentucky while awaiting trial. County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Lyn Hayse opposed the bond reduction, citing King's decision to leave the state after he learned police were investigating him. He allegedly traveled to Oklahoma before returning.

King remains in the Perry County Jail.