WARNER ROBINS -- A Kathleen man accused of molesting three boys was denied bond Thursday in Houston County Superior Court.
Matthew Caleb Pierce, 31, was charged with two counts of aggravated child molestation, two counts of sexual battery, one count of child molestation and one count of aggravated sodomy, according to Houston County jail records.
Pierce is accused of molesting three 14-year-old boys at his apartment, with drugs and alcohol a factor, District Attorney George Hartwig said. Hartwig declined to elaborate.
Pierce denies the accusations against him, said Franklin J. Hogue, a Macon attorney representing him.
“We’re going to vigorously defend these charges,” Hogue said.
Pierce is accused of molesting the boys multiple times between July 6 and July 9 at his apartment, Hogue said.
Hartwig opposed bond. Hartwig said he argued before Judge George F. Nunn that Pierce was a danger to the community, a risk to re-offend and a risk to intimidate witnesses.
Hogue expressed disappointment that Pierce was denied bond.
“What’s the presumption of innocence ... if presumed he’s guilty?” Hogue asked.
The judge did invite the defense to reapply for bond in 30 days, Hogue said.
Hogue said he also argued there was no evidence Pierce was a significant risk to flee. Hogue said Pierce turned himself in to authorities Sunday when he heard a sheriff’s deputy was looking for him. After 30 days pass, Hogue said he’s hoping Nunn will set a bond so Pierce “can go back to work and back to his life.”
About 26 people attended the hearing on Pierce’s behalf, including his parents, siblings, other family members, co-workers and friends, Hogue said.
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 also was charged with violation of State Court probation in relation to a drunken driving conviction, said Houston County sheriff’s Maj. Charles Holt, jail administrator.
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