Bail request denied again for former Philly detective accused of sexual assault

Kristen Johanson
March 14, 2019 - 12:36 pm
Philip Nordo

Philadelphia Police Department

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Attorneys for a disgraced former Philly detective, charged with sexually assaulting witnesses and defendants in his cases, made another passionate plea for his release from prison Thursday morning. 

The defense team argued former homicide detective Philip Nordo should be released from a Northampton County prison on bail, in the amount of all of his life-savings, and be restricted to house arrest, so he can care for his wife, who has cancer, and provide for his child. They argue the 52-year-old is completely innocent of all two-dozen charges and should be treated as such, until proven otherwise.

Lawyers for Nordo also argue that, by keeping him locked up four hours away, it is difficult for them to get up there to speak with him and mount a defense.  

READ: Former homicide detective charged for sexually assaulting male witnesses, held without bail

Prosecutors claim Philip Nordo has intimidated witnesses tied to the case, and they want the 52-year-old to remain in prison — but Nordo's defense attorneys say the claims are "paper thin" and calls the two dozen sexual assault related charges "bogus."

The exchanged between prosecutors and the defense got heated before Muncipal Court Judge Robert Coleman loudly scolded the two sides, telling them to stop yelling at each other and to keep decorum in court or be held in contempt. 

Eventually he sided with prosecutors to keep Nordo in jail, but he asked that they make attempts to bring Nordo to a prison closer to Philly. 

The case has now been bounced to a Common Pleas court judge, where the defense says they will once again ask for bail. 

Another court date has been scheduled for the end of March.