Charlie Stewart, Sr. (Jail photo)
BELTON (July 27, 2012)—Bell County State District Judge Fancy Jezek denied a bond reduction request Friday from Nolanville mayor Charles Lee Stewart, Sr., who’s jailed on an aggravated sexual assault of a child charge.
Stewart has been held in the Bell County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond since his arrest last Friday .
Testimony in court on Friday indicated as many as four more victims may have come forward with similar accusations as a result of the police investigation.
Nolanville Police Chief Gary Kent arrested Stewart on July 20 on a warrant in connection with a sexual assault case involving a 13-year-old girl.
The warrant stems from an investigation that started on June 28 after Scott & White Hospital contacted Nolanville police about a child sexual assault victim, authorities said.
An arrest warrant affidavit released earlier this week says the girl, who was 12 at the time the alleged sexual assaults began, told both her mother and a forensic interviewer from the Children's Advocacy Center that Stewart "inserted his penis into her vagina several times beginning in the summer of 2011."
Stewart was sworn in as mayor of Nolanville in May 2010.
Nolanville's mayor pro-tem is now acting as the city’s mayor.
Stewart has been suspended by the Killeen Independent School District where he worked as a technologist at Manor Middle School.
"A background check was conducted in 2001 upon Mr. Stewart's hiring. The district also runs yearly background checks on employees. Mr. Stewart passed each background check that was conducted," the statement said.