Umpire granted bond

Kevin Lilly

Kevin Lilly

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A judge granted bond this week to a Gwinnett baseball umpire who's spent nearly two months in jail on charges he struck up an Internet romance with a 17-year-old Ohio girl who absconded.

Gwinnett Superior Court Judge Warren Davis granted Kevin Lilly, 44, a $15,000 bond with conditions he remain on house arrest at his mother's Dawsonville home, said Assistant District Attorney Robby King.

Other bond stipulations prohibit Lilly from having contact with the alleged victim or unsupervised contact with any female minors. Lilly also agreed to a 4th Amendment waiver pertaining to any electronic equipment he owns or uses, meaning law enforcement can search his computers and electronic devices without probable cause, King said.

The state opposed bond altogether, King said.

In an earlier hearing, a judge declared Lilly a danger to the community and bound his charges -- interference with custody and a misdemeanor count of furnishing obscene materials to a minor -- to Superior Court.

Lilly, a high school and college umpire, allegedly courted the teen in a Yahoo chatroom about a year ago.

The alleged victim's family claims Lilly manipulated their daughter, a recent high school graduate near Columbus, Ohio, for financial and sexual gain. He reportedly visited Ohio and had sex with the teen in a hotel, taking photos the girl's family later found online.

Family members and police believe Lilly then talked the girl into traveling to his Gwinnett home in March.

Police in Columbus alerted Gwinnett police that Lilly could be housing a runaway. After talking with Lilly's associates in Gwinnett, the teen's family told local police of Lilly's involvement with a Dacula-area baseball field.

Police arrested Lilly at the ballfield March 16 and took the teen into custody, before she was released to her parents. She was of legal age for consensual sex in Georgia.

Lilly is married with three children, his attorney has said.