Hearing continued for ex-EPD officer

Tomas Arias

A hearing set for Monday, Nov. 16, has been continued at the request of the attorney for the former Enterprise police officer charged with multiple sex crimes involving children under the age or 12.

The preliminary hearing and bond reduction hearings for Tomas Antonio Arias Jr. are re-set for Dec. 14 at the Enterprise Court House.

The former EPD officer remains in Houston County Jail on $660,000 bond set by Coffee County District Judge Josh Wilson following Arias’ arrest Oct. 16.

Arias, 36, a former field training officer who has served with the EPD since 2007, is charged with 14 felony charges to include parents permitting children to engage in production of obscene matter, production of obscene matter containing visual depiction of persons under the age of 17, persons under the age of 17 involved in obscene acts, first-degree sodomy and sexual abuse of victims less than 12 years old.

At a press conference held Oct. 16, Enterprise Interim Police Chief Michael Moore announced that Arias was placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation after the initial allegations were made and has since been terminated.

Wilson set bond at $60,000 for each of the eight Class A Felony charges and at $30,000 for each of the six Class B felony charges.

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