RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB) - The attorney for Harvey Joseph Fountain, 71 of Pineville, is asking a Rapides Parish judge to consider reducing his client's bond for the 100 counts of first degree rape he faces because he "would not pose a serious danger to any person or community."
Fountain was arrested by the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office last month on charges they said date back to the 1970s.
His arrest stems from a complaint RPSO received on April 1 of possible sexual conduct involving juveniles in the Pineville area. According to initial reports, Fountain allegedly committed the sexually-based crimes on juveniles in several locations where he lived in Pineville. RPSO said the crimes began in the 1970s and continued into the 1980s. Their initial investigation found sufficient evidence for probable cause and warrants were granted for Fountain’s arrest on an initial 50 counts of first-degree rape.
After Fountain’s arrest, RPSO detectives identified more victims and added another 50 counts of first-degree rape to the previous charges.
Fountain's bond is set at $1,000,000.
His attorney, John Flynn, wants that amount reduced. In a motion he filed, Flynn writes that while "the offenses charged are serious in nature, the weight of the evidence against the defendant is not great." He goes on to write that Fountain would not pose a serious danger to the community and he has never been convicted of a felony.
The motion will be heard before Judge Greg Beard on May 28. The case is being prosecuted by Brian Cespiva.
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