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Sumter police chief questions release of sexual abuse suspect

SUMTER COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The former Sumter Disabilities director is accused of sexual abuse. Sherill Holder got out of jail Sunday. The police chief says she hopes Holder will show up for court.

No one's answering at the Holder house in Sumter, and there's no sign of 51-year-old Sherill Holder, who is out of jail but on house arrest in connection with charges of criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping.

Holder - former head of Sumter's Disabilities and Special Needs Board - is accused of sexually assaulting three people over a period spanning about 13 years.

Two of the victims were disabled. Holder was in and out of jail a couple of times over the weekend. Released for the first time on Saturday, then back in on Sunday following objections from the city's police chief.

He is now out for the second time after posting a $40,000 surety bond.

A jail official says Holder actually has two bonds, both surety, meaning he did not have to put up cash.

Chief Patty Patterson questioned a judge's decision to release Holder into the custody of his parents - who live outside the state. "That was our concern. Was who was going to be responsible to ensure his appearance when he was called to come to court? And and being let out to a third party custody, that just didn't quite ... It was hard for us to understand."

Patterson also says her department wanted to keep the suspect away from the victims. "Well we're concerned about the victims. That's our concern, is for the victims, being able to make contact with those victims, having further access."

Holder's house arrest requires him to wear an electronic monitoring device.

Reported by Jack Kuenzie

Posted by Chantelle Janelle

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