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Published September 27, 2012, 02:09 PM

Clay prosecutor concerned rape suspect could flee after bailing out

MOORHEAD – Assistant Clay County Attorney Pam Harris expressed strong disappointment today with the amount of bail that was set for a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in her car.

By: Dave Olson, INFORUM, Forum Staff Reports, inforum.com

MOORHEAD – Assistant Clay County Attorney Pam Harris expressed strong disappointment today with the amount of bail that was set for a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in her car.

“He is a flight risk. He has a lot of financial ability to flee,” Harris said today, referring to Richard Lee Haaland Jr., 46, of Fargo, who is charged in Clay County District Court with first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Haaland was released from jail Wednesday after posting $100,000 bond. It is unknown now much of his own money he had to pay up front or how much collateral he had to provide, but it is common for defendants to pay 10 percent of the bond amount.

Clay County Judge Lisa Borgen set conditions of release for Haaland at $500,000 bail without conditions and $100,000 bail with conditions.

Harris had requested $1 million bail, the most she has ever asked for in a criminal case.

She said a bag was found in Haaland’s north Fargo home that contained a “substantial amount of money” and a passport. Harris said Haaland has since surrendered his passport, but she said a strong flight risk continues to exist.

Haaland’s next court appearance is set for Oct. 5.

Haaland is accused of assaulting a woman early in the morning Sept. 6.

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