Abortion pill suspect John Welden released from jail, now on house arrest

TAMPA - The  man accused of tricking his girlfriend into taking an abortion pill that ended her pregnancy walked out of the Federal Courthouse Friday afternoon.

He was transferred from the Pinellas County Jail to the United States Courthouse and then to house arrest.

John Andrew Welden was wearing flip flops, shorts and a long sleeve t-shirt and surrounded by security officers who whisked him away in a black Hummer.

But Welden's house arrest at his parents Odessa home won't be a cake walk.

As the SUV took him to the front door of the home, the terms of two bonds totaling $350-thousand dollars kicked-in.

A judge ordered Welden to give up his passport. Two security officers will also monitor him 24-hours a day inside the home. He's also wearing a GPS ankle bracelet and can't go anywhere outside of court or a medical appointment.

All the locks on the home have been re-keyed including a door to his bedroom and security officers are the only ones who have the key.

Finally Welden can only visit with immediate family members or his attorneys and is banned from contacting the victim, Remee Lee.

Outside the Welden home, someone posted a no trespassing sign on a tree. 

Only his defense attorney, Todd Foster, who spoke with ABC Action News prior, gave us insight into the home incarceration.

"He's their son and they want him to be home with them and he wants to be home with them as well.  I think any parent would understand that sentiment," said Foster.

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