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Release possible for Tampa abortion pill case suspect

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A federal magistrate ruled Monday that John Andrew Welden, the man accused of tricking his pregnant girlfriend into taking an abortion pill, can get out of jail on bond, but under strict and potentially very expensive conditions.

The ruling, however, is being appealed by the government and Welden will remain in jail while both sides await word from a different judge, U.S. District Judge Richard Lazzara.

Under the conditions set out by U.S. Magistrate Anthony Porcelli on Monday, John Andrew Welden would be largely confined to the Odessa home owned by his father Dr. Stephen Welden and stepmother Lenora Welden, and his family would have to pay for private security to make sure he stays there and shows up for court.

6/20/2013 Related Story: Defendant in abortion pill case still in jail

The family would have to make some modifications to the home – including making the window of the bedroom where Welden would be staying and the external door to an attached bathroom inaccessible – and hire two guards to watch him.

6/24/2013 Related Story: Tampa abortion pill suspect may get bond

"You're talking about significant money because you're talking about two officers, times 24 hours, times seven days a week, times 30 days," said Welden's attorney Todd Foster. "You're talking about tens of thousands of dollars a month."

But Foster said if Welden's family can meet conditions to release Welden, they will.

In addition, the Weldens agreed to use their home to secure a $250,000 bond.

Welden would be allowed out of the home only for pre-approved medical appointments and court appearances.

Other conditions for Welden's release included no contact with the alleged victim, no computer or Internet access in Welden's bedroom and a corporate security bond of $100,000 from the chosen security company. Porcelli also said Welden's visitors would be limited to immediate family and legal counsel, and if any family members living in the home had other visitors, Welden would need to be secured in the bedroom.

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