Clearwater, Florida -- A prominent attorney accused of inappropriately touching a child faced a judge at a bond hearing Friday morning.
Judge Thane B. Covert called the first witnesses to the stand -- one of whom was Clearwater Police Officer Justin Murray.
Officer Murray said that he came out to the victim's home to interview the 9-year-old and further investigate the accusations. Murray said on the stand that the boy told him that he was touched in inappropriate areas of his body by a man named "Bob".
According to the arrest affidavit, 57-year-old Robert Leon Tankel is accused of inappropriately touching a boy younger than 12 on June 17. The report also indicates that the incident happened while the victim was at an event with his Big Brother Willy Harris who is part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program.
Tankel is not the victim's Big Brother, but the Big Brother of another child. The pair joined Harris and his Little Brother for a baseball game when the 9-year-old said all of this happened.
Tankel is charged with lewd and lascivious child molestation and was denied bond earlier this week. On Friday, however, the judge set bond at $100,000 with the stipulation that Tankel is not allowed to be around children and has to surrender his passport.