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Bail bungle needs explanation

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Posted: Wednesday, October 1, 2003 5:56 pm | Updated: 2:26 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Gilbert police and Maricopa County court officials have some explaining to do regarding why a man accused of molesting a neighbor girl was set free on $16,200 bond, even though he's a registered sex offender with three prior arrests.

Such creeps belong behind bars and, when released, they should be slapped with high bond if they're ever arrested again. Not only is there a high probability they will offend again, they also are high flight risks.

Not surprisingly, police were looking for Holcomb Leland Gunn, 48, three days after the ridiculously low bond was set. He was nowhere to be found.

A court spokesman said Commissioner Randy Ellixson set bond based on information provided by Gilbert police, and a police spokesman said the department was looking into it. A terrified 13-year-old girl and her parents want answers. So does an entire community, which expects and deserves better protection.

In an age of law enforcement databases, instant communications, and public outrage over the victimization of children by perverts, there is no excuse for such lapses. Let's get answers and accountability — pronto.

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