GLENWOOD, Iowa — A judge ordered bail reduced Monday for a Nebraska man who is accused of performing sex acts with two girls in Mills County and Sarpy County.
Judge James S. Heckerman reduced John Robert Schondelmeyer's bail from $70,000 to $35,000. He is being held in the Mills County Jail.
Schondelmeyer pleaded not guilty on Nov. 5 to the charges in Mills County. A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 2.
Schondelmeyer, 64, of Bellevue was arrested on Oct. 17 in Bellevue. The Mills County Sheriff's Office said Schondelmeyer was in the process of moving to Fayetteville, N.C.
The alleged incidents occurred several times in September at Schondelmeyer's home in Bellevue and a residence in Iowa, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
His lawyer, William McGinn, said both cases involve the same two children, who are ages 8 and 7.
In Mills County, Schondelmeyer was charged with two counts of second-degree sexual abuse and two counts of lascivious acts with a child.
If convicted, he faces up to 50 years in prison for the two counts of second-degree sexual abuse and up to 10 years for each count of lascivious acts with a child.
Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov charged Schondelmeyer as a fugitive from justice. He was extradited to Iowa after an Oct. 21 hearing.
Sarpy County officials are waiting for Schondelmeyer to complete court proceedings in Mills County before transferring him to face charges in Nebraska.
Schondelmeyer has been charged in Sarpy County for alleged incidents there involving the two girls.
If convicted, he faces up to two life sentences in prison for the sexual assault charges and up to 40 years in prison and a $50,000 fine for each of the Sarpy County charges.