Alleged child molester Deanna Fischer of Hershey was released from jail Thursday after the court reduced her bond and she paid it.
Fischer, 38, was arrested April 4, charged with three counts of sexual assault of a child. Her bond was initially set at $500,000, but Lincoln County Judge Michael Piccolo reduced it Thursday to $200,000.
Prosecutor Jennifer Wellan said the County Attorney’s Office reached an agreement with Fischer before her hearing. Piccolo reduced Fischer’s bond because he noted the state was unopposed to the reduction.
Fischer posted the required 10-percent within hours, according to sheriff’s records.
While she is out, Fischer cannot have contact with people under age 16, under the terms of the bond reduction. Fischer’s 14-year-old son is the only exception, and those visits must be watched. Wellan said a Health and Human Services worker will be present when she and her son are together.
The sexual assaults allegedly occurred more than six years ago.
A sheriff’s spokesman said the charges are based on the testimony of a juvenile who was interviewed at the Bridge of Hope for Child Advocacy Center, leading to Fischer’s arrest. Health and Human Service workers reported the allegations.
William Theus of North Platte was bound over to Lincoln County District Court for two counts of first-degree assault.
Theus, 25, waived his right to a preliminary hearing in county court and his $25,000 bond was reduced by half, as is customary when cases are bound over to district court.
“I want to go ahead and get this over with,” Theus told the court.
Wellan objected to the bond reduction due to the severity of the allegations,
The bond remains at $25,000 for William’s brother Calvin who allegedly also beat a man and woman April 20.
“There were very substantial injuries,” Wellan said.