WARNER ROBINS -- A Houston County grand jury has handed down a 21-count indictment against a Kathleen man accused of molesting three boys.
Matthew Caleb Pierce, 32, was indicted Tuesday on six counts of aggravated child molestation, six counts of aggravated sodomy, six counts of sexual battery and one count of child molestation.
Pierce also was indicted on one charge of possession of Hydromorphone, a prescription drug, with intent to distribute and one count of possession of Alprazolam, also a prescription drug more commonly known as Xanax, the indictment stated.
Pierce is accused of molesting three 14-year-old boys at his apartment with drugs and alcohol a factor, District Attorney George Hartwig previously stated. He could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Pierce denies every allegation against him, said Franklin J. Hogue, a Macon attorney representing him.
“We plan to defend vigorously against these charges,” Hogue said.
Most of the charges in the multiple-count indictment are related to the alleged actions of Pierce with two of the boys. The indictment alleges the acts occurred between June 27 and July 8 with one boy and between July 6 and July 9 with a second boy.
Pierce also is accused of asking a third boy whether Pierce could perform a sexual act on the child, the indictment stated. The one count of child molestation stems from this allegation that allegedly took place between July 5 and July 9.
Houston County sheriff’s Sgt. Keel Broom previously declined to comment on the facts of the case except to say there are multiple victims.
“It’s too sensitive of a case,” Broom said when declining to elaborate.
The alleged child molestations are not related to Pierce’s business, Broom said. Pierce owns Matthew Caleb Salon in Centerville.
Pierce has been held without bond at the Houston County jail since his arrest July 10 on child molestation and related charges.
Pierce also was charged with violation of State Court probation in relation to a misdemeanor drunken driving conviction, the jail administrator said.
In other indictments:
Meiko Marcel Sanders, 19, Joshua Maurice Robinson, 20, and Zika Woo Gartei, 19, all of Warner Robins, were indicted on charges of armed robbery, kidnapping, burglary, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during a crime.
The charges stem from an Aug. 10 incident at the Super 8 Motel at 105 Woodcrest Blvd., Warner Robins, in which the three are accused of breaking into a hotel room, holding one of the victims against his will, assaulting him and stealing two cell phones.
Groverditia Contez Felder, 38, of Warner Robins, was indicted for an aggravated assault Sept. 6 in Perry in which he is accused of stabbing a woman with a knife and hindering her 911 call for help.
Antonio DeWayne Mitchell, 18, of Perry was indicted on charges of aggravated assault with a “BB pistol” against two people while on school property at Perry High School on Sept. 1.
Mitchell also was indicted on charges of carrying a weapon within a school safety zone, school functions or on school property and of disrupting public school by “discharging a BB pistol in a school building with students present.”
Rodney Dale Grim, 46, Whitney Paige Grim, 34, and Jonathan Paul Clark, 30, all of Perry, were indicted on a charge of attempt and conspiracy for allegedly conspiring to steal copper wire and tubing from the roof of a building owned by America Real Estate at 1 Northrop Place, Perry.
Rodney Grim and Whitney Grim also were indicted on charges of theft by taking more than $500 of copper wire and tubing in the April 29 incident.
Blaine Arnold, 18, of Forsyth, and Kasey Loyd, 17, of Perry, were indicted on nine counts of burglary of six homes on Wimberly Road and three homes on Holt Road in Elko between Aug. 29 and Sept. 1. Both also were indicted on a charge of theft of mislaid property in relation to a four-wheeler.
To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.