NEBRASKA CITY – Bond was reduced Monday for a Nebraska City man accused of offering money to a 10-year-old for sexual contact after prosecutors moved to dismiss a charge of sexual assault of a child.

Public Defender Michael Ziskey told the court that 63-year-old Robert Perry does not have the financial means to pay the current bond of $250,000 and asked the court to release him on a pre-trial release program.

Judge Julie Smith said she would not lower the bond to zero because of the allegations.

Smith:  “The offense is too severe.”

Ziskey noted that Perry scored the lowest possible for risk to re-offend on a state assessment used to qualify for pre-trial release.

Judge Smith said he scored the lowest possible because he had no convictions prior to age 33, no failure to appear warrants in the past 24 months, no prior jail incarcerations, no drug problems and had lived at his Nebraska City residence for more than six months.

Ziskey said Perry does have some family in the area, but will not be able to pay more than $1,000 to bond out.

The judge set bond with a $2,000 provision, ordering Perry not to have contact with anyone under the age of 18 and not to possess a computer, cell phone or any device that can access the Internet. She ordered him to wear a global positioning monitor.

Otoe County Attorney Jennifer Panko Rahe moved to dismiss the second of two counts alleging sexual contact with a minor. She said the state alleges two separate incidents, not three.