Bond denied for convicted sex offender

Bond has been denied for a convicted sex offender accused of attempting to abduct an 11-year-old girl.

Donald Edward Holcomb, 61, appeared Friday before Etowah County District Judge William Russell, who signed an order Tuesday that denied a motion for bond.

Holcomb, 157 Kerri Lane East in the Aurora community of Boaz, was charged May 2 with enticing a child into a vehicle for illegal for immoral purposes, a Class C felony, after he allegedly tried to abduct the girl in the parking lot at West End Grocery.

Holcomb initially was released May 5 on a $2,500 bond, an amount automatically set for a Class C felony.

District Attorney Jimmie Harp filed a motion the next day, and Russell ordered Holcomb to be placed on an electronic monitoring device under the supervision of the court referral office.

After Holcomb violated the terms of his electronic monitoring, he was arrested again May 8 and his bond revoked.

He remains in the Etowah County jail.

A tip led to Holcomb’s arrest three days after he allegedly tried to grab the girl in the parking lot at West End Grocery in Walnut Grove and tried to get her to go with him, according to reports.

The girl told authorities she struggled and pulled away from the man and he left.

Holcomb was convicted in Marshall County of second-degree rape involving a 14-year-old girl in 1994.

Holcomb first registered as a sex offender in Etowah County in January after the 2005 law went into effect requiring that all those convicted before 1996 register.

The law now states that those convicted before 1996 cannot be “grandfathered” under the law and all convicted sex offenders must register.

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