LIMA — A magistrate reduced the bail for a man charged with kidnapping during a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Lima Municipal Court.
Magistrate Richard Warren lowered the bail for 58-year-old Scott Catlett, of 707 N. Jefferson St., from $250,000 to $100,000 cash or surety. If he makes bail, Catlett is ordered to remain in Allen County. Warren also warned him that he is to have no contact with the alleged victim, although it was revealed in court that person is in jail on a burglary charge.
Catlett’s defense attorney argued that bail should be reduced because the defendant is not a danger to the community. The attorney also pointed to the fact that Catlett’s father was the former chief of police in Lima, and that he is not a flight risk because he is a lifelong resident of Allen County.
The state’s attorneys said Catlett is a danger to the community because of the “very significant charges” brought against him, as well as other charges that may be added during an upcoming grand jury hearing. The state also argued that Catlett’s relationship with a former police chief does not have relevance in this case.
Before his arrest, Catlett was one of the co-directors at Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen in Lima. He was previously employed as the soup kitchen’s site manager for six years.
Lima Police Chief Kevin Martin said Catlett is charged with kidnapping but additional charges are possible. He said there is an allegation of a sex crime by a male victim.
Catlett’s case will be sent to a grand jury before it is bound over to Allen County Common Pleas Court.
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