ROCKLAND — A judge refused Oct. 1 to reduce the $100,000 cash bail for a 34-year-old Camden man accused of holding a woman against her will for more than a week and sexually assaulting her.

Judge John Martin said the defense did not show there would not be a risk to the community if Richard J. Ellis was released on bail. Ellis will be held until a trial is conducted.

Defense attorney Roger Hurley tried to argue the evidence was not strong in either a prior domestic violence case or the later kidnapping case.

Hurley said the woman in the alleged kidnapping, who Ellis knew, went to Ellis’ residence and said she was homeless. The woman was also already covered with bruises, he claimed. He said the next thing his client knew, four days later, she went out in the road and made false accusations against him. He said there were no witnesses to her claims.

Ellis was arrested Sept. 15 and charged with Class A kidnapping, Class A gross sexual assault, Class B aggravated assault and misdemeanor counts of criminal threatening and violating a condition of release.

According to an affidavit filed in court last month by Camden Police Detective Sgt. Curt Andrick, shortly before 7 a.m. Sept. 15, the Camden Police Department responded to a residence on Park Street for a report of a woman in distress. Camden Police met with the woman and called an ambulance. The woman had two black eyes and multiple bruises on her face, according to an affidavit filed in court by Camden police.

An investigation was started by Detective Sergeant Andrick. From the investigation, it was found the victim was held against her will in the Park Street residence for more than a week. During this time, the suspect took the victim’s cell phone, car keys and glasses away. The woman reported to police that every time she tried to get up, he would assault her.

During the incident, the victim was assaulted numerous times, according to police.

Ellis was free on bail at that time for a domestic assault charge that police say occurred Feb. 24. The district attorney’s office filed the motion to revoke his bail on the earlier charge after his arrest on the new charges.

An affidavit filed by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office at the time of that incident, reported a witness saw Ellis strike a woman in the face while they were in a vehicle at a convenience store in Union. Police tracked down the vehicle and found a female passenger who was bleeding from the mouth.

The woman claimed she hit her face on the vehicle door. Ellis denied hitting the woman, but said he was mad at her for taking so long in the store.

Defense attorney Hurley said the evidence showed there was not an assault in that case, pointing out the woman denied an assault occurred. He also said the witness was too far away and that it was dusk, so the witness could not have seen what occurred in the vehicle.

Assistant District Attorney Kent Murdick III said when police stopped the vehicle Ellis was driving, the woman gave conflicting accounts of how she got the injury and that the witness was certain of what he/she witnessed.

The prosecutor also listed the criminal record of Ellis, which included an assault in 2018.