6:51 PM EDT, October 26, 2012
Bail was set at $25,000 Friday in Washington County Circuit Court for a Boonsboro man recently indicted on a charge of obtaining property and physically neglecting a vulnerable adult.
Paul P. Boccone, 56, of 19310 Manor Church Road, was being held without bond prior to the Friday bond review hearing before Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr.
Assistant State’s Attorney Brett Wilson requested bond be set at $50,000, noting that Boccone is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 9 in federal court in Virginia on unrelated drug distribution, conspiracy and payroll tax evasion charges.
A cash bond in that amount could be a possible resource for the alleged victim in the case, a woman for whom Boccone had been the caregiver and held power of attorney, Wilson said after the hearing.
“There are other means of ensuring her safety than incarcerating Mr. Boccone,” Assistant Public Defender Catherine Pugh told Long.
She said the federal conviction stemmed from a facility that he administered and had been released on those charges pending sentencing.
Boccone has a master’s degree in law, is an honorably discharged veteran, a 12-year resident of the county and has a wife and child, Pugh told Long.
Wilson said after the hearing that Boccone is free on a federal personal recognizance bond despite facing a sentence of up to 350 years. An August press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Eastern Virginia said the crimes for which Boccone was convicted occurred while he was the owner of a pain clinic in Chantilly, Va.
Pugh asked that he be released on personal recognizance or a $10,000 bond.
— Don Aines and C.J. Lovelace
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