Judge Lowers Suspected Serial Rapist's Bond

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

The state claims he is a threat to society, but that argument did not hold up in court.

Frank Powell, 36, is accused of raping two College Station women in February. 361st District Judge Steve Smith lowered his bond Thursday.

Powell was originally held on a $2 million bond for two aggravated sexual assault charges. He was recently indicted for a third count of aggravated sexual assault. Judge Smith lowered one count to $500,000 and the other two to $250,000, for a combined $1 million.

Powell is also being held on other charges, including three counts of burglary of a habitation with intent to commit a sex offense and one evading arrest charge. The bonds for those remain the same.

The defense asked that the bonds be lowered to $75,000, but Judge Smith said while $2 million may be excessive, Powell is still a risk to the community and has a previous felony conviction.

Powell allegedly broke into two College Station residences and raped two women. Police say Powell was arrested while trying to break into a third residence. Police believe he would have raped again.

Powell has pleaded not guilty.

If Powell were to post bond, there would be several stipulations enforced. He would have to wear a GPS monitoring device, surrender his passport, abide by a curfew, have supervision every time he is around a female, among others.

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