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Some concerned low bond allowed sex offender to get out of jail

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Andrew Mitts, a registered sex offender, is accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl. He was able to get out of jail after being arrested by posting $10,000 bail Andrew Mitts, a registered sex offender, is accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl. He was able to get out of jail after being arrested by posting $10,000 bail

A registered sex was offender arrested for the second time and got out on bond for only $10,000.

Police said Andrew Mitts was arrested on July 2 after police found incriminating evidence on a cell phone from a 15-year-old girl.  

Trisha Winters, who lives in Mitts' neighborhood and she fears for the safety of her grandchild.

"It's very disturbing, there's several kids in the neighborhood,” Winters said.

Like Winters, others in the subdivision find it hard to believe that the bond was set that low.

Swansea Police Chief Steve Johnson said the level of bond was determined by the law.

“All I can tell you what the law says. The law was filed. I think the states attorney's office looked at all facts presented to them and they went ethnic what the law is,' Chief Johnson said.

Johnson said the St. Clair County State's Attorney got the highest bond possible for Mitts.

"They reviewed it. They issued what is called a long form information.  It raises it to another level.  The bond went from $1000 to $10000 based upon that," Johnson said.

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