COLUMBUS, Ohio — A former Ohio doctor who pleaded guilty to raping and killing an expectant mother after she answered an online ad was abruptly sent to jail Thursday when a judge revoked his $1 million bond ahead of sentencing next month.
The judge's decision to jail Ali Salim came despite a deal worked out minutes earlier between Salim's attorney and the lawyer for the company holding the bond. That deal would have allowed Salim to stay on house arrest under tighter bond conditions, including surrendering his car keys and agreeing to pay $2,000 for added security for periodic checks.
But Delaware County Judge Duncan Whitney accepted arguments the bond company made in a court filing earlier this week that Salim was a flight risk. Salim is a permanent U.S. resident originally from Pakistan.
"Our concern was that he would go somewhere, find a way to get back to Pakistan, and the bonding company would be forced to pay a million dollars," said Paul Aucoin, the bond company's lawyer.
The judge did what he thought was appropriate given the bond company's earlier concerns, said Salim's attorney, Sam Shamansky. He said he has asked the judge to move up the sentencing date now that Salim is in jail.
Salim, 44, who was an emergency room doctor, faces 37 years in prison when the judge sentences him Dec. 20. Salim pleaded guilty last month to two counts of involuntary manslaughter, along with tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse in the 2012 death of Deanna Ballman and her unborn child. Salim also entered a type of guilty plea to rape under which he asserted his innocence but acknowledged prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him.
Investigators say Ballman, 23, went to Salim's house in an upscale central Ohio neighborhood July 31 of last year after answering a personal ad on Craigslist. Her body was found the next day in the back of her car, which had been moved to a rural road a few miles away. She died of a heroin overdose.
The circumstances of her death remain unclear. Ballman told her mother she was answering a housecleaning ad, something investigators say wasn't true.
Shamansky has said Ballman was prostituting herself to feed a drug habit. Investigators say there's no evidence she was on drugs, but that she was responding to a personal ad.
Other women who had previously answered personal ads at Salim's house reported being accosted and sexually assaulted, and said he wanted to draw the human digestive system on their abdomens, according to Columbus police reports.
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