Judge Denies Bond Revocation, Amends Conditions

| June 13, 2012
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Randy Estenbaum

Court proceedings continued Wednesday for one of the two Hardin-Central students facing felony sex-related charges. Making his first appearance in a Ray County Circuit courtroom, Randy Estenbaum, 18, declined formal arraignment and again pleaded not guilty to charges of forcible sodomy, assault, and sexual misconduct. Estenbaum, Jeffrey Ellis, 17, and several other juveniles allegedly sexually assaulted a classmate in the high school locker room last fall, according to the probable cause statement. Estenbaum waived his right to a preliminary hearing during a court appearance on Tuesday. The teen is due back in court on July 11th at 10:30 a.m.

A recent motion filed by Ray County Prosecutor Danielle Rogers alleged Estenbaum failed to comply with the terms of his bond by violating the Missouri “Safe Schools Act.” A document added to the case file on Friday suggested that the teen had been spotted within 1,000 feet of school property in April. Rogers told the judge Wednesday that the former student had no reason to be on campus and therefore should have his bond revoked. Estenbaum’s attorney Mark Goodwin pushed the judge to dismiss the motion. “[Estenbaum] has graduated and this recent motion is keeping my client from moving on with his life,” Goodwin said.

Judge David Miller denied Rogers’ request and issued his own motion amending bond conditions. Miller warned the teen that he was playing with fire. Under the new terms, Estenbaum is not allowed on the high school premises or within 100 feet of the school which consequently includes the town’s only convenience store.

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