VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- A former church employee is facing a sex crime charge.
Thursday, Jeffrey Bondi's friends and family sat inside the courtroom as the judge denied his bond.
The judge said the allegations against him are too strong to allow him back into the community. Bondi will stay in jail until his next court date. His attorney Stephen Pfeiffer said they will fight the allegations until the end.
A grand jury indicted Bondi Wednesday with one count of Felony Object Penetration for an incident that allegedly happened back in 2001.
"On behalf of Mr. Bondi, we will be defending these charges, and they are 15 years old, and at this point, he's going to rely on the support of his friends and family," explained Pfeiffer.
Prosecutors said Bondi's family knew the victim who was 18 at the time and who said Bondi touched her in a forceful manner.
Bondi previously worked at Young Life in Virginia Beach as a director. Pfeiffer said that's where Bondi and victim met.
Bondi suffers from Parkinson's Disease, and his attorney hoped he could he could post bond to continue to receive physical therapy.
The next court date for the case is February 2. Bondi will not be there. The court will set a trial date then.
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