Bond denied second time for former ministry leader accused of sex crime in Virginia Beach

Posted at 8:15 AM, Feb 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-01 17:40:14-05
Jeffrey Bondi

Jeffrey Bondi

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A judge once again denied bond for a man charged with sex crime while serving as a youth minister.

Jeffrey Bondi, 47, is charged with a sexual penetration crime. Police say it happened 15 years ago with a woman who was 18 at the time.

Our investigation shows Bondi worked at Young Life Youth Ministry as a ministry leader, then served in a similar position at Galilee Episcopal Church. We have learned he was asked to leave Galilee after the accusations surfaced.

Bondi had an arraignment on January 19 where his lawyer called for an emergency bond hearing due to the Parkinson's Disease that his lawyer said Bondi is suffering from. A judge refused to set a bond at that time.

Wednesday morning the defense once again argued that Bondi's condition deteriorates daily due to his Parkinson's and they stated he is not getting the medication and exercise he needs while in jail.

Defense Attorney Stephen Pfeiffer said Bondi is not a flight risk as his family is all local and he owns a home here with his wife and their children.

The Commonwealth's Attorney argued Bondi could still be a danger to the public but neither she nor the defense went into detail about the evidence against Bondi.