A Dickinson, ND man accused of sexual assault had a bond reduction hearing on Friday at the Stark County Courthouse.
Tyrell Parker is charged with Gross Sexual Imposition, a AA Felony, along with Criminal Trespass (Class C Felony), Sexual assault (A Misdemeanor), Criminal Mischief (A Misdemeanor, and Simple Assualt (B Misdemeanor).
According to court documents on December 28, 2018, in Dickinson, Parker entered the home of a woman he was in a relationship with without her permission.
He then forced her to engage in a sexual act.
During the incident, it was reported by law enforcement that Parker struck the victim in the face and damaged her cell phone.
In court, Parker’s attorney, Markus A. Powell, requested that his client’s bond be reduced.
Powell argued Parker’s $50,000 cash bond was unreasonable for someone of his client’s limited financial means.
He also metioned that Parker had no criminal history, and he has ties to the community.
Powell mentioned to Southwest District judge Dann Greenwood that Parker is the caretaker to his disabled mother.
However, Stark County Assistant States Attorney, James Hope, argued that the amount was justified, due to the serious nature of the charges against Parker.
In the end, all sides agreed that Parker’s bond would be reduced to a $10,000 cash/surety bond.
Parker is currently being held at the Southwest Multi-County Correction Center in Dickinson.
He has a preliminary hearing/ arraignment scheduled for later in February.