Abo bail reduced from $1 million to $500,000
He must post $50,000 to secure his release
Yamhill County Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Easterday reduced bail for alleged child beater Michael Abo from $1 million to $500,000 during a release hearing Wednesday afternoon.
Abo, 34, a former Yamhill County Sheriff's Office deputy and an inactive reserve officer for the Yamhill Police Department, could secure his release by posting $50,000.
He is charged with physically abusing his girlfriend's 4-year-old son on two occasions.
The sheriff's office and Sheridan Fire District medical personnel responded New Years Eve to Abo's Northwest Evans Street home in Sheridan and discovered the boy had sustained multiple external and internal injuries.
He was transported by Life Flight helicopter to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland and is listed in critical condition.
Abo was arrested and is charged with two counts each of first-degree assault and first-degree criminal mischief. The assault charge is a Class A felony and Measure 11 offense, punishable on conviction by a mandatory minimum prison sentence. The criminal mistreatment charge is a Class C felony.
He is lodged in the Washington County Jail in Hillsboro. Given Abo's local law enforcement connections, he was moved to Washington County from the local facility.
He tentatively will be arraigned at 1:20 p.m. Monday in Yamhill County Circuit Court, at which time a grand jury indictment will have been returned. Abo will be transported from Hillsboro to McMinnville for the appearance.
Deputy District Attorney Alicia Eagan argued that bail should remain at $1 million.
Abo's privately-retained attorney, Mark Cogan of Portland, asked for a reduction to $50,000, which would have required the posting of $5,000 to gain his client's release.
See Friday's print edition for additional details.