Cop Accused Of Sexually Assaulting 2 Women Wants Bail Reduced
The attorney for a suspended police officer accused of pressuring detained women into sex acts wants his client’s bail reduced, claiming the $1 million bond set at his arraignment is “irrational.”
Mark Icker, who worked as a cop in Ashley, Sugar Notch and Jessup in Lackawanna County, remained jailed Friday night in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of bail.
Earlier in the day, his attorney Bernard Brown filed a petition in Luzerne County Court to have Icker released on unsecured bail or at least have his bond significantly reduced. No rulings were immediately made.
“Similar defendants charged with the same crimes have received exponentially smaller amounts of bail,” Brown wrote. “Moreover, cases dealing with more serious charges have come before the court and the defendants have received significantly less bail ...”
Brown argued Icker, 29, of Dickson City, was not a flight risk, that he voluntarily surrendered to police twice.
The first time, on Dec. 20, Icker showed up at his arraignment in Wilkes-Barre after learning police wanted to charge him on accusations he pressured a woman into performing a sex act on Dec. 9 while on duty in Ashley, Brown wrote.
He noted prosecutors had agreed to allow Icker to be released on $25,000 unsecured bail, which he was following arraignment by District Judge Thomas Malloy.
After the news broke of charges against Icker, a second woman came forward on Dec. 21, accusing him of similar conduct in Ashley on Dec. 2
Luzerne County detectives then showed up at Icker’s house later in the day, seeking to arrest him, Brown noted.
Upon learning police were at his house, Icker came home to surrender, Brown wrote.
At Icker’s second arraignment, District Judge Joseph Spagnuolo set bail at $1 million.
“The defendant argues that the $1 million amount of the bail is unnecessarily arbitrary and capricious as well as excessive, and not with past practice of this court and others like it within the jurisdiction of Luzerne County,” Brown wrote.