This is a partial transcript from "On the Record," March 24, 2006, that has been edited for clarity.
GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, HOST: A teen vanishes, then miraculously shows up 10 years later. Tanya Kach says her middle school security guard held her captive for years. He is being held in connection with her disappearance. But was she really held hostage, or was he her boyfriend?
Joining us from Pittsburgh is Thomas Hose's attorney, Jim Ecker. Welcome, Jim.
JIM ECKER, ATTORNEY FOR THOMAS HOSE: Good evening. It's nice seeing you again, Greta.
VAN SUSTEREN: Nice to see you. Jim, we've heard so much about this 10 years of this story that's been going out. Tell me from your client's perspective what happened.
ECKER: Well, first of all, from my client's perspective, there's not an awful lot I can really tell you, Greta. The facts are very simple. I never talk about cases, as you know, until they're all done in court. The only thing I can tell you is he is going to plead not guilty.
I will tell you that there are a lot of strange things that have happened, according to her stories, such as the fact that she used to run away from home a lot when she was little. We don't know who she saw or what she saw on the outside. I've had calls from people who said they've seen her dressed and walking around McKeesport, where she — where this happened at. I also find a lot of the things very bizarre, as I guess you do, too, Greta.
VAN SUSTEREN: You know what struck me, that there might be another side of the story than what we're hearing, is the fact that the bond is low, $2,000 bond set by a judge makes me think that the judge does not think it's quite like we're hearing about it in the press, that there's another side to this. Can you help me out on that?
ECKER: Yes, sure, Greta. We did have an arraignment, and he did get a bond — and it is a very low bond. Basically, it was a low bond for many reasons. One, he's 48 years old. He's never been arrested in his life. He's worked all his life. He had a job, up until now, for the last 12 years as a security guard. He lives with his mother and his dad, who are elderly and sickly, and his son, who's 20, 21 years of age.
Lastly, and most important, he's not charged, Greta, with any kidnapping charge. He's not charged with anything like false imprisonment. I'm not making light of this. The only thing that he's charged with, frankly, is four counts of sexual assault. That doesn't mean that he assaulted her. It's just he supposedly was over four years older than her when she was less than 16 years of age. And keep in mind that these things took place approximately 8 or 9 years ago, not in the last few days.
VAN SUSTEREN: And I certainly don't make light of having sex with someone who can't consent, legally consent. But does your client claim to love her?
ECKER: My client has never sat down with me and discussed his feelings with her one way or another. And frankly, the only time I've had a chance to see him was when he came into my office and retained me, Greta, that day, when we surrendered him to the police that evening. And this morning, I saw him at 8:00 o'clock this morning, I think, in the jail, and we talked for about a half hour. So we really haven't had a really great opportunity to go into the case in any great detail.
VAN SUSTEREN: I only have 30 seconds left. The beautician who changed her hair — does she have a risk of any criminal charges?
ECKER: I would think, if she's saying this, she certainly looks as a conspirator. You're a lawyer, too, and you know that, Greta. And I think that's something she could be charged with.
VAN SUSTEREN: Well, it certainly is a curious fact. We'll be looking at this story for the next few days. Jim, thanks very much.
ECKER: Thank you for having me, Greta.
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