The Walking Horse Trainers' Association has suspended the license of a trainer who has been accused of sex crimes against three minors.
The WHTA announced Thursday the action against Dick Peebles, who was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of sexual battery, two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor by electronic means and solicitation of a minor.
"Due to the severity of the charges, the WHTA has suspended the license of Peebles immediately and will issue no further license until a resolution of the outcome has been confirmed," the organization said in a statement.
The group said that they became aware of the charges against Peebles on Tuesday, holding a board conference call Thursday morning, during which the suspension was approved unanimously.
The WHTA also said they would have no further comment on the issue "until a resolution to the matter has been confirmed."
Peebles is due to appear in Bedford County General Sessions Court on Jan. 26 on the charges. He was released on a blanket bond of $5,000 on Monday.
According to Capt. Becky Hord of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department, very few details about the case could be disclosed in order to protect the three female victims.
Hord explained that a complaint had been filed by one of the parents, and the charges involved separate incidents that allegedly occurred at Peebles' farm.
She stated that one of the alleged incidents happened during the spring of 2010, in which the victim was "offended by it and refused to go back." However, other incidents allegedly occurred in December, with Hord stating that one of the victims informed a parent, who then alerted authorities.
Hord said it was later learned that "the same kind of behavior was happening with all three girls, just at different times."