Judge apologizes in predator case

January 23, 2008 4:19:47 PM PST
A Montgomery County judge has apologized for lowering the bail of a suspected sexual predator who proceeded to allegedly rape a 13-year-old girl. 33-year-old Ronald McDade was first arrested last fall for allegedly trying to lure a 15-year-old girl into his car.

At the police station, he was caught on tape saying if he's arrested for just talking to a girl he might as well rape one.

Despite that he was released on bail.

Saturday night, police say he raped a 13-year-old friend of his wife's daughter.

The parents of the 15-year-old girl involved in the first case were in court vowing to haunt McDade every step of the way.

They're outraged he was freed on bail after threatening to rape a girl.

After the initial charges, Judge Paul Tressler agreed to lower McDade's bail from $100,000 to $25,000.

He says his hands were tied by mandated bail guidelines.

"If you asked me today did I make a mistake, yeah, I did, but it was not a mistake based upon the facts known to me at the time," Honorable Paul Tressler said. The father of the 13-year-old victim is also facing assault charges.

He allegedly went to McDade's house and beat him with a crowbar before police got to him.

McDade claims he was also beaten by other prisoners in jail.

This time, McDade gets no more chances. His bail has been revoked, and he won't be free again until after serving a long sentence if he's found guilty at trial.