A Nepalese man arrested and indicted for online solicitation of a minor and who subsquently was deported will forfeit a $150,000 cash bond for not appearing in court, District Judge Wayne Bridewell ruled.
County Auditor Darrell Morison confirmed last week that the county had received the money. It will be added to the county's general fund for the next budget year that begins Oct. 1.
Shashank Giri, 20, formerly of Denton, was arrested last Oct. 23 for attempting to solicit sex from a 12-year-old and 13-year-old girl on the Internet. The “girls” turned out to be investigators with the Somervell County Sheriff's Department.
Giri's bond was set at $150,000.
After more than three months in the county jail, Giri was released Feb. 2 after paying the bond in cash. He was transferred into the hands of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, sheriff's records show. The agency was created in 2003 in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Its mission is to protect American security by “vigilantly enforcing the nation's immigration and customs laws.”
An ICE spokesman in Dallas said that Giri was deported March 16 after an immigration judge ordered him removed from the country.
Giri's attorney, Ben Hill Turner of Cleburne, said last week his client may appeal the ruling. He argued in Judge Bridewell's 249th District Court that Giri was not able to appear in court because the government had taken away his ability to appear, it was an “uncontrollable circumstance” and that his due process and constitutional rights were being violated.
But Dale Hanna, district attorney for Somervell and Johnson counties, told the court that Giri “is not coming back” and that the bond money should go to Somervell County.
Giri was in the United States on a student visa and was studying at the University of North Texas in Denton.
He continues to have a site on Facebook and MySpace and participates in chat rooms, law enforcement authorities said.