A request for release from jail to electronic home confinement by a man charged with multiple counts of child pornography possession was denied on Tuesday. 37-year old Ryan J. Koontz of Vandalia appeared in Fayette County Court Tuesday afternoon for what was scheduled to be a final pre-trial. A request by defense attorney Ed Veltman for the pre-trial to be continued for a few days while he consulted with the defendant and his family concerning the probability of a bench trial was approved and a new pre-trial date of Friday, January 12 at 11am was set. Following that, Veltman made an oral motion to the court in which he requested that Koontz be released to his mother for electronic home confinement because his health was suffering during his incarceration since late April after he was apprehended by US Marshals following his failure to appear for his original jury trial leading to the multi-day search for the defendant. Koontz’s mother Audrey Koontz testified that her son had lost a significant amount of weight and was not receiving proper treatment from doctors despite access to the doctor who visits the jail weekly and the two separate emergency room visits the came from the defendant’s symptoms leading law enforcement to seek treatment for Koontz. State’s Attorney Josh Morrison questioned Koontz as to how she knew her son would not run again if he was released to which Koontz said she felt her son was not in good enough health to run. Following multiple rounds of direct and re-direct questioning, Judge Marc Kelly ruled that due to not having medical testimony to show that Koontz was not receiving proper medical care and the fact that Koontz has had access to medical care, the motion to release to electronic home confinement was denied. Koontz does remain in the Fayette County Jail on $2 million bond and will make another appearance for a pre-trial hearing on Friday at 11am.