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Bobbitt Placed on House Arrest

June 5, 2002 GMT

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LAS VEGAS (AP) _ A judge in Fallon freed John Wayne Bobbitt from jail and confined him to house arrest pending resolution of a probation violation charge in Churchill County and a domestic violence case in Las Vegas.

Churchill County District Judge Archie Blake let Bobbitt out of jail, but on Tuesday ordered him to wear an electronic monitor and stay at home in Las Vegas until his family court hearing July 9 on the criminal domestic violence charge.

Bobbitt, 35, admitted to four of five probation violations, a Churchill County court spokeswoman said. He had faced up to three years in prison on the charges, lodged after his May 13 arrest on an assault complaint by his wife of less than two months.

Blake told Bobbitt he can leave home only to work at his moving company job, and ordered him to return to Fallon on Aug. 6 for a hearing on the remaining probation charge. Bobbitt is on five years’ probation after a 1999 guilty plea to attempted grand larceny.

Joanne Bobbitt, 31, attended the court hearing and plans to ask a judge in Las Vegas to drop the domestic violence charge, said Bobbitt’s lawyer, Barry Levinson.

John Wayne Bobbitt gained fame when his first wife cut off his penis in 1993. It was surgically reattached.

Lorena Bobbitt argued she had been the victim of an abusive husband, and was found innocent by reason of insanity.

Bobbitt since has worked in a brothel and as a bartender and tow truck operator.