As a condition of the bond set by Superior Court Judge William Fleming, Frank K. Jones, who is charged with aggravated child molestation, must wear an ankle monitor to his job at Fort Gordon and have no contact with the victim or his estranged wife.
Assistant District Attorney Geoffrey Fogus said that the acts occurred in 2010 but that Jones’ wife did not report them immediately because she was afraid of Jones.
Jones’ wife spoke no English when she was brought from Colombia in 2009 and relied on him for support, Fogus said.
Fogus opposed bond on the grounds that Jones, a native of Puerto Rico, had family around the world and posed a flight risk.
Jones’ attorney, Ricardo Bravo, said Jones had no criminal background and served honorably in the Army, including in Iraq.
He also said that Jones suffered from several medical conditions, including hepatitis C and that Jones would surrender his passport if granted bond.
“He’s not a threat to leave,” Bravo said.