RACINE, Wisconsin – An accused child molester cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet, then took a limousine to Chicago to appear on a popular TV talk show, authorities said.
A judge set bail Friday at $50,000 for Mario Sims, 21, who had been awaiting trial on 2004 charges of child enticement and first-degree sexual assault of a child.
"A significant bond is legally necessary given the fact he absconded, admittedly for one of the more unique reasons I've heard in my time on the bench," Racine County Circuit Judge Emily Mueller said.
Sims had been out of jail about three weeks when he cut off the bracelet and missed a court date Sept. 6. His defense attorney at the time, Domingo Cruz, told the judge his client was seen getting into the "Jerry Springer Show" limousine.
Sims appeared on an episode last fall. A TV.com teaser for it said: "Outrageous nuptials! Returning guest Mario is a proud father and is ready to marry his baby's mother — who's also his half-sister."
A message left for a "Jerry Springer Show" producer was not immediately returned Saturday.