Ryan Sims released on bonds worth $515,000

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — After the latest hearing on May 8th 2013, the bonds on Ryan Matthew Sims were reduced from over $5 million to $515,000.

According to documents obtained by CBS42, Sims, who was charged $100,000 for each kidnapping and $15,000 for a terrorist threat, was released on bond on June 6, 2013.

In February 2013, the 21-year-old kept five female students of Chelsea Middle School in Alabama against their will in the girl’s locker room and threatened them with a gun. After his arrest he was diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic and is now in medical treatment.

His release became a family effort.  In order to cover the bond, the Sims family had to evaluate their family property, which showed a property value of $280,030 on Kelli and Stephen Sims’ house and land in Wilsonville, AL, a total value of $186,700 regarding the property of Rebecca and Christopher Sims in Chelsea, AL and another $152,870 from Ryan’s grandparents property.

Sims now stays in house arrest under constant watch. He has to wear an electronic monitor, which is attached to his ankle and allows him to move around the house only within a 70-90 foot radius.

Sims remains in 24/7 indoor lockdown under the required watch of his grandfather.

While in house arrest, Ryan is not allowed to have any internet connection or access to a cell phone. All calls have to be made using the monitored landline.

Additionally, nobody besides family, the defendant’s attorneys, church pastors or doctors are allowed in the house; a Shelby County Deputy Sheriff has to have access to the house at all times.

He is not allowed to have any contact to the victims, their families, friends, any Chelsea Middle School students, teachers, parents or the like. In addition, he cannot have any access to the following objects: firearms, drugs, alcohol, young girl’s bras, panties, shoes or blow up dolls under the equivalent of 17 year olds.

Any violations of these guidelines would result in Sims being taken into custody and transported back to the Shelby County Jail.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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