Crouch released on lower bond
Alleged sex criminal released on $3,000 bond
A rural Monett man facing four felonies for alleged sex crimes involving minors was released from the Barry County jail on Thursday after a bond reduction.
Berlan Crouch, 70, of rural Monett, is charged with two counts of first-degree sodomy and two counts of incest.
His original bond was set at $100,000, cash only, and a bond reduction hearing was held Wednesday in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.
The bond was reduced to $30,000, cash, 10 percent or surety, and Crouch was released on Thursday at 6:27 p.m.
In the bond reduction filing, it said the bond was amended by request of the victims, and it decrees Crouch shall not come within 10 feet of the victims.
Other decrees include: no communication with the victims, no committing or threatening any further crimes against the victims or engaging in conduct that would cause fear or injury, electronic monitoring of Crouch’s location and no contact with any persons under 18 years old.
An order of protection against Crouch on behalf of the victims is still effective until Sept. 1, 2021. It states Crouch shall stay 300 feet away from the children, not enter their home, not be on the premises of their school, not communicate with them, have any contact with them and threaten any further crimes against them or engage in conduct that would cause fear or injury.
Crouch’s case has been bound over to circuit court, with an arraignment date set for 10 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Jack Goodman.
According to a probable cause statement filed by Det. Abby Parsons, with the Barry County Sheriff’s Office, the alleged crimes took place between April 28, 2018, and Sept. 3, 2020, and included inappropriate touching and sexual acts.