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Butler County sex assault suspect's bond lowered to $15,000

| Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, 12:31 a.m.

A Butler County man's decision not to subject a young girl to cross- examination during a hearing for an alleged Saxonburg sex case led to a district judge lowering the man's bond on Tuesday.

Jack L. Nulph, 54, of Connoquenessing waived all charges to court and maintains he is not guilty.

His attorney told a district judge that Nulph didn't give up his rights later to question the competency of the 8-year-old to testify accurately.

Attorney Patrick Casey of Butler said he needs to review Children and Youth Services (CYS) video and audiotape, transcriptions and any other prosecution evidence to determine whether the defense will challenge the child's word.

Chicora District Judge Lewis Stoughton said he reduced Nulph's bond from $50,000 to $15,000 cash or surety, with conditions, because the girl didn't have to testify on Tuesday.If Nulph can post bond, he must obey pre-trial conditions set by Stoughton.

Nulph was ordered to abstain from drugs and alcohol and get rid of any firearms in his house. Nulph must agree to blood testing and have his house searched.

Assistant District Attorney Russell Karl did not oppose the bond reduction.

He declined to comment Tuesday.

Casey said his client is pleading not guilty. Nulph had been a Rural Valley police officer and later was a security guard, Casey said.

In July, the girl's mother took her to a hospital to be examined. County CYS and police were later contacted.

On Sept. 6, Saxonburg police accused Nulph of multiple aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault charges they allege happened in a house and car.

Nulph has been in the Butler County jail since.

He is scheduled to be formally arraigned in Butler County Court on Nov. 12.

Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or cbiedka@tribweb.com.

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