Holland Bond Reduction Request Denied

A Houston County Circuit Judge has refused to reduce bond for a Dothan church leader accused of molesting children.

53 year old Earl Holland is charged with 8 counts of first degree sexual abuse of 8 year old girls.

He's being held under a 2 million dollar bond.

Holland's attorney asked Judge Larry Anderson to reduce that amount so Holland can get out of jail.

But in a ruling issued Friday, the judge refused and said Holland had failed to present a plan to protect children if he were freed.

Judge Anderson also noted that the court has a duty to protect both the victims and the general public.

Holland is still being held in the Houston County Jail.

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  • by withheld Location: dothan on May 8, 2007 at 10:48 AM
    I worked beside Earl for many years at the company that I work for here in Dothan. We talked endless hours on homeschooling, vacations with our famlies, and the list goes on. I am so sad to hear what he has done. Earl was never out of the way to me or any other female employees here at work. We thought so much of him and his work, I can't get it out of my head each day that you know little girls will talk to a school teacher or a pastor before a parent, but as you all know he was the teacher and pastor for his own little girl.. (what has he done to her?) just makes a person wonder.
  • by Dee Location: Dothan on May 6, 2007 at 10:05 AM
    Thank you Judge Anderson for your decision to uphold the bond amount. These young girls did nothing wrong. Yet they live in fear. Mr. Holland's fate has yet to be determined by a court of his peers. He needs to stay in jail to await his trial which hopefully will be soon and all involved will finally realize the truth. I appreciate the coverage of this case. The public needs to understand we live in a very trusting community and this has been a real eye-opener. Please pray for all involved.
  • by Fredrick Location: Montgomery on May 5, 2007 at 03:05 PM
    What he is accused of is WORSE than bombing a building. His destruction will last a lifetime. A "few mistakes" have affected these girls for their lives. They shouldn't be exposed to him again, forever.
  • by LaVerne Location: Iron City on May 5, 2007 at 12:06 PM
    No one who has a child will consider the judge's decision ridiculous. Any adult who preys on children deserves to be punished severally. I add my thanks to Judge Anderson.
  • by dianne Location: bonifay on May 5, 2007 at 08:43 AM
    Any sick person that messes with a child should get their privates cut off.
  • by Justin Location: New Orleans on May 5, 2007 at 07:03 AM
    2 million dollars is rediculous. The guy didn't bomb a building. Its amazing that people can look pst 50 years of good living when a few mistakes surface. I feel sorry for those girls... this media attention and trial mess is worse torture than the actual events were.
  • by Nelson Location: Dothan on May 4, 2007 at 06:35 PM
    Thank you Judge Anderson.
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