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Douglas County judge reduces bond for man granted a new sexual battery trial

August 31, 2011

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A Douglas County judge has reduced bond for a 28-year-old man who was recently awarded a new trial in a 2006 Lawrence sexual battery case.

Chief District Judge Robert Fairchild Wednesday morning set bond for Jason Ellison at $50,000 and ordered him to submit to GPS monitoring if is freed from jail while awaiting his trial. Previously the judge set Ellison’s bond at $100,000.

In July Fairchild granted Ellison a new trial based on evidence that several people said they heard the alleged victim say after Ellison was convicted that her allegations about him were not true. A jury in November 2006 found Ellison guilty of aggravated sexual battery and acquitted him of attempted aggravated criminal sodomy after a sister of Ellison’s former girlfriend in July 2006 accused him of attempting to molest her twice in Lawrence.

Fairchild had sentenced Ellison to serve 22 years in prison, and Ellison had served five years of the sentence before student interns at the Kansas University School of Law collect statements from the witnesses alleging the woman had lied and prompting the judge to grant a new trial.

Douglas County prosecutors said Wednesday morning they had been in contact with the victim in the case, and Fairchild scheduled the new trial for Oct. 11.

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