‘Affluenza’ Mom Tonya Couch Posts Bond, to Be Released Tuesday
Tonya Couch, the mother of the so-called “affluenza” teen, has posted bail, the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office said.
She will be released Tuesday after she is equipped with an electronic ankle monitor.
Earlier Monday, her bond was lowered from $1 million to $75,000.
Authorities have accused Tonya Couch of helping her son leave the country to avoid a probation hearing that may have led to jail time for him.
Texas prosecutors had charged her with hindering the apprehension of a felon and initially set bond at $1 million. That happened in December after she was returned to the U.S. but was still in Los Angeles, in the custody of the L.A. Police Department.
She was arraigned Friday in Fort Worth, but did not enter a formal plea.
During the Monday bond hearing, Tarrant County, Texas, Judge Wayne Salvant lowered her bond and issued several other conditions
- Wear an electronic ankle monitor
- Report to authorities on a weekly basis
- Live in Tarrant County with her 29-year-old son and his family
- Abstain from using controlled substances or alcohol (she’ll be drug tested)
- Be placed under 24-hour home confinement (lawyers and doctors are allowed to visit her)
- Not possess or transport any firearms or weapons
- Pay a monthly $60 supervision fee
- Avoid “bad actors”
Judge Salvant also issued a gag order for lawyers involved in the case, barring them from communicating with the media.