GALVESTON, Texas - A Galveston County judge will decide if she will reduce a former judge's $600,000 bond.
The mother of former Galveston County Judge Christopher Dupuy said she could not afford to get her son out of jail. She said two bonds of $20,000 would be affordable. But she said the two current bonds of $300,000 each were too much.
Dupuy is accused in two cases of online harassment. Prosecutors said Dupuy made fake online escort ads using the photos and identities of two ex-girlfriends. But the prosecutor said Dupuy is a danger to the community. He showed an evidence photo of plastic restraints and a 9mm handgun with a laser site and a silencer on a big screen in the courtroom. An investigator said all were items seized from Dupuy's apartment.
"What I think it appears is that we stopped something before it happened," said Adam Poole, prosecutor. He told KPRC 2, "It's hard to say how far anything would go. But when you take all of the items located in Mr. Dupuy's apartment, it's some pretty scary stuff."
Defense attorney, Matthew Fox Curl, said it was not illegal to possess any of the items. Curl said, "Christopher Dupuy is innocent. What he is accused of is little more than a digital age version of putting someone's name and phone number on the wall of your local tavern."
Prosecutors disagreed. They said the online harassment is a serious allegation and Dupuy should stay in jail.
405th District Court Judge Michelle Slaughter said, "There certainly is a concern in regards to safety in these issues. As for an appropriate bond and bond conditions, I will need to give that a little bit of thought."
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