Judge Revokes Bond For Suspect Accused In Sexual Assaults
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A bond hearing was held Tuesday for suspected serial rapist Arthur Henderson.
He’s accused of two sexual assaults in Ross and one in Hopewell.
Community safety was the question in the courtroom Tuesday morning with DNA evidence allegedly linking Henderson to three rapes and robberies over a couple of days.
He appeared for his bond hearing at the Allegheny County Courthouse via video from the jail. His attorney thought the bond as it stood was punitive.
“His bond is $2.5 million, then he has another million dollar bond, then he has a federal hold, then he has a detainer and then he’s going to be arraigned on new charges,” attorney Blaine Jones said.
Citing community safety, Judge Jeffrey Manning denied the defense’s bond reduction request and revoked his bond altogether.
“Our concern was to make sure he was off the street and that he couldn’t harm anybody else because he clearly was unable to keep his behavior in check,” Allegheny County Deputy District Attorney Laura Ditka said.
Early on Jan. 7, Henderson is accused of sexually assaulting and robbing a 50-year-old woman on Westfield Drive in Hopewell. He still faces arraignment in Beaver County.
A couple of hours later in Ross Township, a second victim was sexually assaulted and robbed. Two days later at the Cascades in Ross, a third woman was sexually assaulted and robbed while her baby slept nearby.
During Tuesday’s proceedings, the Ditka objected to Henderson’s body language.
“He did not appear to be someone that was willing to maintain a civil decorum and keep himself in line with the law,” Ditka said
“It’s complete garbage. He simply was looking. I don’t think he did anything,” Jones said.
Henderson is also being investigated by federal authorities for another alleged rape in South Carolina.