Doctor Accused in Bubonic Plague Scare Out on Bond - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/21/03

Doctor Accused in Bubonic Plague Scare Out on Bond

A Texas Tech researcher was freed on bond Tuesday, six days after he was arrested for lying about the disappearance of vials of bubonic plague bacteria from his lab. Doctor Thomas Butler posted $100-thousand bond. He only paid $10,000, which is the ten percent required to be released. His only statement was, "I'm glad to be out."

Butler's charged with making a false statement to a federal agent in an incident that sparked a bio terrorism scare last week. Federal prosecutors withdrew their motion to detain the 61-year-old researcher without bond only after negotiating a long list of restrictions and conditions for him. Among them is that he surrender his passport, abide by a curfew, remain in Lubbock County and wear an electronic monitor. He also must stay off the Tech campus and may not contact any potential witnesses at the university or federal agencies he's worked with.

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