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Bond lowered for Downs man accused of molestation

Bond lowered for Downs man accused of molestation

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BLOOMINGTON - Bond was reduced Friday for a Downs man accused of sexually molesting a child under 13 years old.

Robert Janes, 33, must post $7,500 to be released on allegations that he molested a child Oct. 22 at a home in Downs. A previous bond required $20,000.

Defense lawyer Mark Johnson told Judge Scott Drazewski that Janes turned himself in to authorities on Oct. 30. Johnson called the bond excessive for a defendant without any prior felony convictions.

Johnson asked that Janes be allowed to post $1,000 for his release from custody.

Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Brooks said the state's case against Janes includes "five juvenile witnesses who support the victim's version of events."

Brooks said Janes had been drinking the night of the incident. Children at the home also told police that they heard Janes hit a woman at the home, Brooks said.

In setting the new bond, the judge said he considered Janes a potential flight risk because he is unemployed and has not lived in the community an extended period of time. As conditions of his bond, Janes was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim or other children under the age of 16 without supervision.

He also was ordered to avoid alcohol consumption and complete an assessment for alcohol addiction.

If convicted, Janes faces three to seven years in prison for the Class 2 felony. Probation also is a sentencing option. A Nov. 16 arraignment is scheduled.

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