More sex charges
against a former church music teacher including allegations of crimes inside First Baptist Church in Benton. Saline County sheriff's investigators filed 53 additional counts of sexual indecency with a child against David Pierce.
Pierce, 56, went in and out of jail again Wednesday morning in Benton but the investigation is far from over.
Pierce faces 53 new sex counts involving teen boys.
"We're asking if there are any other youth that have been involved in this to please come forward," said sheriff Bruce Pennington.
Pennington says there are four victims, 11 others have been interviewed.
We went by Pierce's home, but no one answered. His neighbors say they've hardly seen him since his initial arrest ten days ago.
"Part of the reason we moved here was that he was here and that he was the nicest guy you'd ever meet," neighbor Karen Ray said.
Karen Ray says Pierce baptized her daughter.
"When you have a church that has 2200 people in it that have been intertwined in this man's life, they are all effected." Ray says.
The First Baptist Church in Benton, where Pierce worked, issued a statement saying they are still fully cooperating with police and will do so until the investigation ends. But that doesn't appear to be anytime soon.
When asked on a scale from 1 to 10 how close detectives are to wrapping the case up, Pennington told 3 or 4."
That means more interviews with church members. Detectives believe there are allegations dating back more than 15 years including incidents inside the church.
Pennington says victims described items in Pierce's office that detectives ended up finding. Items the sheriff says a music minister shouldn't have in his office.
"You're never really surprised, it's kind of like you think you've seen it all and then suddenly you haven't," Pennington said.
Detectives are a long way from reaching the end of this expanding sex crimes investigation.
David pierce worked as the music teacher at First Baptist Church for 29 years before being fired in April. Pierce can be re-arrested if more charges are filed. He's free on a $25,000 bond.