Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Harrison released from jail

Judge allows release pending appeal

Express Staff Writer

Robert Joe Harrison Jr.

Former airport security guard Robert Joe Harrison Jr., who was convicted of misdemeanor child enticement in September 2006, has been released from the Blaine County Jail after posting $5,000 bond.

Harrison was incarcerated Nov. 15, 2006, after 5th District Court Judge Robert Elgee sentenced him to 180 days in jail. Sentencing followed a September jury trial where Harrison was acquitted of a second-degree kidnapping charge but convicted of misdemeanor child enticement.

He had been accused of enticing a 10-year-old Hemingway Elementary School student into his vehicle on April 10, 2006, and driving the boy to his Ketchum apartment. According to Ketchum police, the boy was later released unharmed.

Harrison appealed his conviction in November. Elgee ruled then that Harrison could be released from jail, pending his appeal, by posting $5,000 bond.

Harrison posted bond Dec. 13 after serving 28 days of his sentence. He was also given credit for 56 days spent in jail following his April 12 arrest.

Kevin Cassidy, Harrison's public defender, said his client has returned to the Walla Walla, Wash., area, where he lived prior to moving to Ketchum more than a year ago.

Before his arrest, Harrison was employed as a security guard for the federal Transportation Security Administration at Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey.

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