Authorities added a second charge against Vince Ariaz Wednesday in connection with a second alleged victim, officials said.
The new charge is indecency with a child by sexual contact, and bond was set at $500,000, Brown County Jail records state.
The second victim is a female juvenile, but it was unclear Wednesday whether she was or is a member of the Brownwood Police Explorers.
Details of that case were not available late Wednesday.
Ariaz remained in the Brown County Jail on bonds totaling $750,000.
Ariaz, 53, was a Brownwood police sergeant when he was arrested Tuesday on an initial charge of sexual assault of a child. Bond on that charge was set at $250,000. Ariaz has been “indefinitely suspended” from the police department, Police Chief Virgil Cowin has said.
Both charges are second degree felonies and the maximum sentence is 20 years in prison.
In the case filed Tuesday, Ariaz is accused of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old female member of the Explorers, an organization that teaches youth about law enforcement careers. The Brownwood post has about two dozen members.
The Explorers is a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts, and Ariaz founded the Brownwood post in 2000. He was the post’s adviser at the time of his arrest.
Ariaz’s name had been removed from the Explorer post’s Web site Wednesday.
A new entry had been added to the Web site stating that “no law enforcement Explorer, whether in uniform or not, should drive a marked patrol vehicle.”
Cowin said the entry was made as a result of the investigation into Ariaz’s activities. He declined to elaborate.
Cowin said he hopes the Explorer post will continue, although training activities have been suspended for the time being.
“The Explorer program is an excellent program,” Cowin said. “We’re going to regroup and reload, and hunt that bear one more time. The Explorer program is not through. I feel like it can go forward.
“I told (Associate Post Adviser Cal Gray) probably they don’t need to be doing the training right now. For right now we’re going to back off.”
Cowin said he will begin seeking an officer to volunteer to become the post’s adviser.
Explorers had been meeting for 2 1/2 hours each Saturday.
Brownwood City Council member Dave Fair, one of several police chaplains, said the chaplaincy “stands ready to offer whatever support is needed” to Explorers, the police department and their families.