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CLARIFICATION: Peebles case bound over to grand jury

Thursday, June 9, 2011


The T-G reported Wednesday that Dick Peebles' license with the Walking Horse Trainers' Association was suspended in January until a resolution was reached in his criminal case. Marcia Allison, speaking for WHTA President Bill Cantrell, said Peebles' license was reinstated but the organization has no further comment at this time.

A horse trainer accused of sex crimes against three minors waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday, and has been bound over to the next session of the grand jury.

Dick Peebles appeared briefly before General Sessions Judge Charles Rich, and his attorney, Clay Parker, stated that Peebles was voluntarily waiving his right to the hearing, which would have determined if there is enough evidence in the case to bind him over to the next grand jury session.

The grand jury is scheduled to meet on Monday, 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 and is currently free on a blanket bond of $5,000.

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 minor 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.

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