NEW ORLEANS — A judge has reduced the bond of a suspended New Orleans police officer indicted on several sex charges. After reviewing evidence on Tuesday, the judge agreed to cut 42-year-old Desmond Pratt's bond from $500,000 to $400,000.
But citing "significant" evidence against Pratt on certain charges, the judge refused to budge any further, and the officer remained jailed.
Pratt, a former homicide detective, has been suspended without pay since April 17, when internal investigators arrested him on counts of forcible rape.
The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/Ig40HL ) a state grand jury indicted Pratt in August, charging him charging him with counts of aggravated incest, sexual battery and carnal knowledge of a juvenile.
Pratt's attorney, Robert Jenkins, said previously that Pratt denies all allegations made against him.
Pratt's trial is scheduled for Jan. 6.
Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com