A preliminary hearing for a horse trainer accused of sex crimes against three minors has been set for next month.
Dick Peebles will appear before General Sessions Judge Charles Rich to see if there is enough proof in the case to bind him over to the next session of the Bedford County grand jury, which is scheduled to meet on June 20.
Peebles is charged with two counts of sexual battery, two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor by electronic means and solicitation of a minor.
He free on a blanket bond of $5,000 and is represented by attorney Clay Parker.
Capt. Becky Hord of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said in January that 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.
A few days after the charges were filed, the Walking Horse Trainers' Association suspended Peebles' license, stating that they would issue no further license "until a resolution of the outcome has been confirmed."