Judge raises bonds in sex assault case

| October 9, 2009

CORPUS CHRISTI — A man accused of attacking an elderly church volunteer last month pleaded not guilty on Thursday.

Frederick Anderson, 35, was indicted Oct. 1 on two counts of aggravated sexual assault of an elderly person.

During Anderson’s arraignment Thursday, 214th District Judge Jose Longoria raised his bonds from $200,000 to $500,000. The judge also ordered Anderson to undergo a mental evaluation.

Anderson’s attorney has stated in court filings he intends to raise an insanity defense.

Police say the woman, 77, was attacked on Sept. 13 at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church after she went to a storage closet to get candles. She fought back and managed to hit the man with a door knob.

Members of the church’s Knights of Columbus organization, who had been barbecuing that morning for a special Mass, came to her aid and confronted the attacker.

Police arrested Anderson on suspicion of aggravated kidnapping and injury to an elderly person. But a grand jury instead indicted him on the aggravated sexual assault counts.

Each count of the first degree felony is punishable by five to 99 years or life in prison and as much as a $10,000 fine.

Anderson’s trial is set for Dec. 7.



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