A high-ranking Philadelphia police officer indicted Friday on federal extortion and bribery charges pleaded not guilty before a federal magistrate yesterday.
Police Inspector Daniel Castro, who had been under 24-hour house arrest over the weekend, is no longer under house arrest.
U.S. Magistrate Thomas Reuter removed that condition yesterday before Castro's arraignment but ordered all previous conditions of bail - including no contact with other witnesses - to remain in force.
Castro, 47, dressed in a dark-blue suit, white shirt and tie, sat quietly in the courtroom, surrounded by family members.
He declined to comment to reporters afterward.
Defense attorney William Brennan argued that house arrest was unnecessary, noting that Castro had an "exemplary career" and that his case was "not your typical police-corruption case" in that his alleged crimes were not committed, for the most part, in performance of his official duties.