A judge on Thursday denied bond for a former Virginia Beach youth leader indicted earlier this week on a sexual assault charge stemming from an incident 15 years ago.
Circuit Judge James C. Lewis called Jeffrey Bondi “a stand-up guy” with strong family, work and community ties. But he said the severity of the offense with which he is charged and the lengthy prison sentence that it carries made him uncomfortable granting bond. The judge said he would be willing to reconsider the decision later.
Bondi, 47, is a former youth minister at Galilee Episcopal Church near the Oceanfront and was area director of Young Life Virginia Beach. He was arrested Wednesday after a grand jury indicted him the day before on a single charge of felony object penetration. The crime is punishable by up to life in prison.