The Bloomfield man accused of sexually abusing and kidnapping a woman in May is now free on bond.
Court records show that 56-year-old Timothy Howell posted a surety bond on Wednesday, and was released from the Davis County jail. He still faces two counts of second-degree sexual abuse, and one count of third-degree kidnapping.
Howell was arrested on June 4th. Authorities say that on May 21st, he drove a woman from Iowa to Missouri to pick up some food. After they returned to Davis County, Howell refused to drop off the woman or otherwise allow her to leave. The next day, law enforcement was able to speak to the two of them on the phone. Howell refused to say where he was taking the woman, but she told them Howell was taking her to Wisconsin, and she was afraid he would rape her there.
Howell eventually let the woman go, and she later told authorities that he had sexually abused her both on the day of the kidnapping, and another day two weeks beforehand. She also accused him of threatening to kill anyone she might tell about the incident.
When Howell was first arrested, his bond was set at $60,000, cash only. Last Friday, he successfully petitioned district court judge Joel D. Yates to not only lower the bond to $48,000, but also change the conditions to cash or surety. The surety condition allowed him to post just ten percent of the bond, in this case $4,800, in order to be set free pending his trial.
Howell also asked Judge Yates to let him travel out of state, to work in Wisconsin for the upcoming Independence Day holiday. Yates has yet to rule on that request. Court records do not yet indicate a start date for Howell’s trial.