Saturday, 2:15 PM
By Globe Staff
A judge has reduced bail to $7,500 for the Walpole High School football coach who is accused of raping a 15-year-old girl.
Dedham Superior Court Judge Barbara Dortch-Okara set the new bail for Daniel Villa at a hearing today, said Norfolk district attorney's spokesman Kevin Bowe. Bowe had no comment on the judge's decision, which was a sharp reduction from the bail of $100,000 set by a district court judge Tuesday.
Villa's attorney, Heather V. Baer, had no comment on the ruling after the hearing. She had argued in district court that bail should be set at $15,000.
Villa, a 44-year-old married father of four from Walpole, is a former Patriots lineman who led the Walpole team earlier this month to a victory in the Division II Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium. He first met the girl when she was in elementary school and he was her basketball coach. He allegedly gained her trust and is accused of repeatedly assaulting her.
Bowe said Villa wouldn't be released immediately because his bail conditions call for him to be placed under GPS monitoring, which takes a minimum of five days to set up. Another hearing will be held Wednesday to determine the status of the GPS installation, he said.
Villa was also ordered to have no contact with the victim or her family and no contact with any children under 16 except his own; to stay away from Walpole schools; and to surrender his passport, according to court records.
Walpole is reeling after learning of the charges against Villa, the Globe reports today.