LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- The man charged with helping fugitive lawyer Eric Conn escape custody back in June was in court for the first time this morning.
Curtis Wyatt pleaded not guilty to all charges related to Conn’s escape and was released on bond.
Wyatt and his lawyer did not say a word as they left the courthouse after a federal judge released Wyatt on bond.
But it was a different scene inside the courtroom where the judge made it clear to Wyatt that he will be on a tight leash over the next few months as he awaits trial, given the fact he is being charged with helping Conn escape custody after Conn was released on bond earlier this summer.
A judge allowed Wyatt to await trial from his home in Raccoon, Kentucky but with several conditions including house arrest, electronic monitoring and no use of electronics or the internet.
These conditions are close to the same that a judge order for Conn last spring and that Wyatt is accused of helping Conn escape from.
According to court documents, Wyatt is accused of helping Conn cut off his electronic monitor and flee Kentucky.
The documents even say Wyatt went down to Arizona and New Mexico to test security at the U.S.-Mexico border to see how easy it would be to get someone across.
In court, the judge warned Wyatt that due to the circumstances of his case he will be closely watched as he awaits trial.
Wyatt faces up to 35 years in prison
Wyatts trial is set to begin December 18th.
Counsel say they expect it will last two to three days.