Sex offender lands back in jail
EAGLE ” Local parents expressed relief Wednesday afternoon when they learned registered sex offender Loy Dean Vondette was in jail in Garfield County on a warrant for attempting to kidnap a little girl.
Eagle resident Lisa Fillion said downvalley parents were worried for their children Tuesday when they learned a sex offender had allegedly asked an Eagle police officer’s wife to have sex with him and was arrested on a harassment charge.
He was also charged with possession of marijuana and violating a restraining order, police said.
“We’re all really happy, obviously,” Fillion said.
Vondette, a 43-year-old Rifle resident, turned himself in at the Garfield County Jail Tuesday night. A warrant had been issued for his arrest on suspicion of attempted kidnapping and enticement of a child, said Lt. J.R. Boulton of the Rifle police department.
On July 30, Vondette allegedly drove past two young girls in Rifle, blew them kisses and tried to get them into his car, Boulton said. One girl was 12 and the other was about 9, he added.
“I advised him that the arrest warrant was there and he agreed to turn himself in,” Boulton said.
Vondette was still being held Wednesday evening on $100,000 bond.
Vondette is on the Colorado Bureau of Investigation’s sex offender registry for two 1994 convictions in Garfield County: enticement of a child and a charge called “attempted wrongs to a child.” He served six years in prison for the charges.
Prior to the harassment charge in Eagle, Vondette was out $25,000 bond on another kidnapping-related charge, also in Garfield County, authorities said.
Some downvalley residents remained concerned Wednesday afternoon that Vondette’s bail for the local harassment charge was set at $750, Fillion said.
“He could have easily done something from Friday to (Tuesday) night,” Fillion said. In response, Fillion has considered forming a task force to ask judges to raise bonds in case’s like Vondette’s.
Bond amounts for charges in Eagle County are set by Judge Fred Gannett. When multiple charges are present, the most severe charge ” in this case the violation of the restraining order ” determines the bond amount, Gannett said.
When warrants are absent, an arresting officer can ask a judge to increase the bond if the person is considered dangerous based on the crime or prior crimes. In this case, Gannett said, he was not contacted by an officer to increase the bond.
“Had this issue been brought to court we would have addressed it there right at the arrest or first appearance,” Gannett said.
Staff Writer J.K. Perry can be reached at 949-0555 ext. 450 or email@example.com.
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