Harpin Ezekiel Myers

Harpin Ezekiel Myers

BELTON — A suspended Texas Department of Public Safety sergeant was indicted Wednesday and charged with indecency with a child by sexual contact, a second-degree felony.

Harpin Ezekiel Myers, 60, of Kempner, was suspended in December 2015 when allegations were made related to off-duty behavior, DPS spokesman Tom Vinger told the Temple Daily Telegram on Thursday.

DPS has started termination proceedings against Myers, a former Killeen-based media spokesman for the agency, Vinger said.

A joint investigation by the Bell County Special Crimes Unit and the Texas Rangers began after a report involving a 15-year-old girl was made.

A sealed indictment issued against Myers Wednesday was listed on county documents as an unnamed true bill.

The indictment said that the incident happened Nov. 1, 2015.

The investigation began when Myers was suspended.

DPS Sgt. Dave Roberts, who stepped into Myers’ spot as the local public information officer, was shocked Thursday morning when he learned about Myers’ arrest from a Telegram reporter.

Myers was booked into the Bell County Jail at 11:25 a.m. Thursday after he turned himself in. He was released later that day after posting a $10,000 bond, Bell County Sheriff’s Department Maj. T.J. Cruz said.

Myers’ bond was set by 27th District Court Judge John Gauntt, Bell County District Attorney Henry Garza said. Garza said that any questions about the bond amount should be addressed to Gauntt.

Bonds for similar crimes are usually set at between $100,000 and $250,000, local lawyer Michael White said Thursday.

An attorney was not listed for Myers Thursday.

In 2013, articles about the Myers family and their five adopted and ethnically diverse children and two biological children were published by FME News Service. Myers referred to their family as the Rainbow Family.

Myers’ indictment prompted supporters to post comments Thursday on the Telegram’s Facebook page.

Monique Flores Pelham reminded people that Myers is innocent until proven guilty. She said she’s known Myers and his family her entire life through church, work and their hometown.

“I believe him to be the person so many others know him to be. I pray that the justice system does right and that we will all see this is an unfortunate situation that never should have happened,” Pelham said.

Sandra McGath said she doesn’t believe what’s been claimed and has known Myers “for decades.”

“This is not something he would do,” McGath said.

JoAnna Elizabeth Odom believes the charge is “trumped up,” she posted.

“I’ve known him since high school, and he and his wife for many years. I’m finding this extremely difficult to believe,” Odom said.

Myers started with DPS in February 1981, Vinger said.

(1) comment

Pete

Again, again and again - bond amounts are less for public officials who have the financial means to leave the area while the poor and less connected must pawn everything they have to get their loved ones out of jail while the slow, crushing wheels of "justice" roll over them.

Even if found innocent - the financial damage to them and their loved ones are damaged forever. The kids have to explain to their classmates why they can't go on the field trip or where their bike went (pawn shop).

It is true the law says innocent until proven guilty and this gentleman may indeed be caught up in a bunch of mess stirred up by a disgruntled teenager yet the damage and stress is forever. Just think how much worse it would be for a man and his family of much, much lesser means?

I don't understand how so many involved in the law enforcement industry can sleep soundly at night knowing their good living is made off the unfortunate circumstances of others. It also amazes me they can say "justice" and "corrections" with a straight face.

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