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Judge sets bail in bomb threat case in Monroe area

Last Modified: Friday, October 05, 2012 1:49 PM

MONROE (AP) — A former River Oaks School teacher, who allegedly called in several bomb threats, has posted a $200,000 bond and released from custody.

Prior to posting bond Thursday, David Reyna was ordered to surrender his passport.

The News-Star reported Judge Stephens Winters also ordered that Reyna cannot have any contact with any school institution in the state. The court also strongly suggested Reyna remain within the jurisdiction of the state.

Reyna quickly smiled, nodded and waived to his family after the bond hearing. He was then lead out of the courtroom by Ouachita Parish Sheriff's deputies.

Winters set formal arraignment for 9 a.m. Monday in courtroom nine.

During Thursday's bond hearing, defense attorney Ronnie Cook argued against the state's motion that the alleged action was a crime of violence.

He was booked on one count of communicating false information of a planned bombing of school property.

"This statue is about lying. Nowhere was there an actual threat. Nowhere was there an act of physical violence. The District Attorney's office is attempting to lure this court into believing this is a crime of violence. The state is not in any position to bring these charges. It is not a crime of violence. It is a matter of lying," Cook said.

Winters eventually agreed the alleged action was not a crime of violence.

Reyna was arrested late last week and accused of making bomb threats against River Oaks, St. Frederick and Ouachita Christian schools on Sept. 24.

The three schools were temporarily evacuated. River Oaks dismissed classes for the day, while St. Frederick and OCS resumed classes. No explosives were found by police.

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