Enterprise Police officer arrested on sex crimes
ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WTVY) - An Enterprise Police officer has been arrested and charged with sex crimes.
In a press conference, Friday afternoon Interim Enterprise Police Chief Michael Moore announced that officer Tomas Arias had been arrested on multiple sex crime charges.
Arias is charged with parents or guardians permitting children to engage in the production of obscene matter, production of obscene matter containing visual depiction of persons under 17 years of age involving obscene acts, sodomy first-degree, and sexual abuse of a child 12 years old.
Chief Moore said it’s unclear how long Arias had allegedly been abusing the victim but it had been going on for a long time.
Moore did not want to release more information about the relationship between Arias and the victim to keep from disclosing the victim’s identity.
Arias joined the Enterprise Police in 2007 and was a field training officer.
Press Release from EPD
On October 5, 2020, a criminal complaint was filed, detailing allegations of child sexual abuse and production of child pornography. At the request of the Enterprise Police Department, because the suspect in this case was employed as a Police Officer with the City of Enterprise, the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation conducted the criminal investigation regarding these allegations. This same day, the Officer was immediately relieved of duty with intent to terminate employment.
On October 16, 2020, SBI Agents arrested and charged Tomas Arias, age 36, of Enterprise, AL with 14 felony charges, including the following: Parents or Guardians Permitting Children to Engage in Production of Obscene Matter, Production of Obscene Matter Containing Visual Depiction of Person Under 17 Years of Age, Sodomy 1st Degree, and Sexual Abuse of a Child Less than 12 Years old. Arias was transported to the Coffee County Jail after arrest. Arias is being held without bond.
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