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State Rep: Convicted ex-prof shouldn’t be free during appeal

September 24, 2019

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida state representative is criticizing a judge’s decision to let a former professor remain free while he appeals his conviction on child sex crimes.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports Republican State Rep. Tom Leek says he’ll work to file legislation preventing someone convicted of child sex crimes being released pending an appeal.

Jurors convicted 61-year-old Mark Fugler in June. Judge R. Michael Hutcheson sentenced the former Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University professor to 15 years in prison, but freed him on a $200,000 bond as he appeals the case. He was ordered to register as a sex offender and wear a GPS monitor.

Hutcheson scheduled an Oct. 3 hearing to consider revoking Fugler’s bond.

Leek says someone convicted of “showing your genitals to a child” shouldn’t be released while appealing the conviction.