District Judge Steve Ellis set a June 16 trial date for former Brownwood police Sgt. Vince Ariaz, who is accused of having sexual contact with two female police Explorers.
The Brown County Grand Jury returned two indictments against Ariaz, 54, in September. One of the indictments alleges 27 counts of sexual assault of a child and two additional counts of indecency with a child, all with the same alleged victim. The other indictment alleges a single count of indecency with a child with a second victim.
Ariaz was arrested July 17 and placed on indefinite suspension by Police Chief Virgil Cowin, which amounted to a firing, Cowin and other officials said. The city later rescinded the suspension and Ariaz retired Aug. 14 in a settlement that ended the veteran officer’s plan to appeal his suspension.
Ariaz was released from jail on Aug. 16 after making bonds of $200,000. Ellis has ordered Ariaz confined to his home and placed him on electronic monitoring as bond conditions.
Also in 35th District Court:
Porfirio Gonzalez Jr. pleaded guilty to two offenses of driving while intoxicated and was sentenced to five years in prison in each case.
Daniel Matthew Simcox, on probation for possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana, was revoked and sentenced to seven months in state jail in each case.