Ohio County Circuit Judge Arthur Recht on Monday modified the pre-trial release bond of Sean Marenkovic, the former Ohio County sheriff's deputy accused of sex crimes.
Charged with two counts of third-degree sexual assault, Marenkovic allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct with a juvenile female while working with the sheriff's department between 2001-03. He is currently lodged at the Northern Regional Jail on $100,000 bond.
According to Chief Public Defender Shayne Welling, if released on bond, Marenkovic plans to reside with his father near Youngstown.
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Former Ohio County sheriff’s deputy Sean Marenkovic, left, appears in Ohio County Circuit Court Monday with Chief Public Defender Shayne Welling.
If bond is posted, Recht ordered that Marenkovic be placed on monitored home confinement at the Ohio residence.
In considering bond modification, Recht took into account the possibility Marenkovic may not return to Ohio County for court proceedings.
"What bothers me, of course, is this gentleman has no local ties, which is a factor to consider," he noted.
Ohio County Assistant Prosecutor Shawn Turak objected to the proposed modification, arguing the $100,000 bond amount was appropriate for the charges against Marenkovic.
"We believe that the bond is absolutely appropriately set and we ask the court to deny" the motion, she said.
Recht maintained the total bond amount at $100,000, but ordered it be modified to $50,000 corporate surety and $50,000 personal recognizance.
At the time of his May 9 arrest, Marenkovic was again employed in law enforcement, working as a metro police officer in Washington, D.C., and living in Alexandria, Va.
As of late Monday, Marenkovic remains incarcerated in lieu of bond. His trial is scheduled for July 13 and, if convicted on both counts, he faces a maximum prison term of 10 years.