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Chalmette man indicted for rape of a juvenile free on $150,000 bond

A St. Bernard grand jury indicted Jonathan Mason, 37, of Ivy Place in Chalmette, June 3 on the charge of first degree rape of a juvenile.

In a press release, St. Bernard District Attorney Perry Nicosia referred to the allegation against Mason as “a heinous crime which deserves a life sentence.”

A copy of the press release posted to the St. Bernard DA’s Facebook page said Mason’s bond was set at $100,000, although a representative from the DA’s office said the actual amount was $150,000. Administrators for the DA’s Facebook page responded to comments decrying the bond by commenting “Judge sets the bond and our office was outraged at how low it was.”

The DA’s office said last week that 34th Judicial District Court Division E Judge Jacques Sanborn initially set Mason’s bond amount at $50,000 when he turned himself in on a warrant late last year. The DA’s office filed a motion in January to increase Mason’s bond to $750,000 and Sanborn responded by raising the bond amount to $150,000.



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