How do they calculate bond amounts?
Eric Ray was charged with luring or enticing a child and his bond is set at $500, the same as a DUI charge. While driving under the influence is a serious crime, how can the bond for trying to entice a 12-year-old girl to go outside behind the south Bradenton library to make a few bucks not warrant a larger bond?
I can't believe that former Port Manatee executive Robert Armstrong, who obviously made some bad decisions but who ultimately was trying to help his son by buying back stolen property from a pawn shop, gets a $7,500.00 bond.
Meanwhile, Eric Ray, a man who is hanging out at a library looking for potential young naive girls to prey on, gets out for pennies. I see people that are charged with theft and burglary with bonds from $1,000 to $15,000 for taking items that can be replaced. The objects that Eric Ray might have taken cannot replace the innocence stolen from any child that falls victims to predators.