No bond for accused kidnapper

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

DURANT, Okla. --A Durant family says they'll sleep better at night, knowing the man accused of kidnapping a family member is behind bars. A judge did not allow Calvin Sterling a chance to be back on the streets until his court date.

Police say the family was considering moving out of Durant, fearing for their safety. Wednesday’s decision helped put their minds at ease at least for now.

As Calvin Sterling walks back into jail, it means relief for a family afraid in their own home when he was out on bond just days ago.

"Over the last several weeks they haven't had any peace,” said Lt. Johnny Rutherford, with the Durant police department. “They've been scared, they've not been sleeping, they've requested patrol cars driving by their house."

Family members sat holding hands in support in the courtroom, as Sterling waited for his arraignment. They were ready to testify why they thought he should not receive bond, but did not take the stand.

Sterling's attorney chose not to contest the issue.

"He was not a good candidate for bond and they alleged victim's safety could not be insured unless he was behind bars," said Emily Redman, Bryan County district attorney.

Police say in September he kidnapped his ex-girlfriend and took her to Denton, Texas, but was released on bond for $20,000.

Police say Sterling would call his ex-girlfriend, then kidnapped her again Tuesday, taking her to Tishomingo.

"Maybe they can have some peace to know that this suspect is not out there, attempting to break into their trailer, take one of them hostage," Rutherford said.

Wednesday afternoon, peace came in the form of the accused secure in jail until he can be tried in court.

Sterling was charged with kidnapping, sodomy, and violating a protective order. He could face charges of sexual assault in Johnston County. His next court date in Bryan County is scheduled for October 31st.


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