Mother of rape victim worried after accused released on bond

One eastern Kentucky man faces rape and attempted murder charges, but officials released him on bond. Now one Pike County mother says her daughter is scared for her life. However, the defendant's attorney told us the bond is doing its job.

As she thumbs through newspaper articles detailing her daughter's rape and attempted murder, Charlotte Hager says her daughter still lives in fear.

"She isn't getting the answers, clear answers why they don't have him under house arrest and he could come and get her any time," said Hager

Jonathan Thornsbury is charged with rape, sodomy, and attempted murder. He spent six months in jail awaiting trial, and is now free on a $100,000 dollar bond. His attorney Robert Wright says the bond works.

Wright told us, “Not only to protect the rights of the alleged victim, but he's also protecting the rights of the defendant as well.”

The bond includes a no-contact order. But Hager says only house arrest, short of him being in jail, is enough. She also says Thornsbury's father's property; also put up for the bond is not enough.

Hager said, "Do you think he cares about the property? Of course not. If he did this to my daughter, he's not worried about the property.”

Regardless of cash or property, Wright says, as long as no violations are proven, the bond is sufficient, and there is no magic dollar amount. He added, "The sole purpose of a bond is to protect the community to ensure that the defendant complies with the court order.”

Hager still relives the day saying, “My daughter tried to call me 28 times that day.” Both sides await a verdict, and justice. The case is set to go trial in December.

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