AUBURN – An Auburn man, who is facing a possible life sentence on four charges of sexual assault of a child, asked a district judge Monday for a cash only bond.
Brian Betts, 50, is held on a $500,000 bond that requires him to be held in jail unless he pays 10 percent in cash and shows the ability to pay the full amount. Betts asked the judge to remove the surety requirement so he can be released by posting $50,000.
Deputy Nemaha County Attorney Angelo Ligouri objected to the change, saying Betts has sold his house in Auburn to get the $50,000. He said the offenses, which include possession of a deadly weapon, are alleged to have occurred shortly after Betts was released from prison.
He said there is a concern for public safety.
Ligouri: “We’ve got big issues here, if we put Mr. Betts back on the street.”
Defense Attorney Keith Kollasch said Betts wants to bond out so he can return to work and so he can help with his own defense.
Kollasch: “There’s something only he can do… To assist in his defense, it is imperative that he be able to bond out.”
Judge Julie Smith denied the motion to remove the surety requirement on the bond. Betts is set for a pre-trial hearing on March 25.
Jennifer Castro, 46, of Auburn entered not guilty pleas to three child abuse charges. She faces a maximum sentence of three years and $10,000 fine on each charge of permitting a child to be sexually abused.
A pre-trial hearing is set April 8.