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Police Chief Faces Charge of Soliciting a Minor

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Oak Ridge Police Unit | Image by OakRidger

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Arlington police announced that the Oak Ridge Police Department chief Thomas Peoples was apprehended on Wednesday and charged with soliciting prostitution from a person under 18, a second-degree felony.

Thomas Peoples, 55, was the chief of police in Oak Ridge, a city of about 500 in Kaufman County, located approximately 30 miles southeast of Dallas.

After his arrest on October 5, Peoples was discharged from his duties as police chief.

According to Arlington police spokesman Tim Ciesco, a young child was said to have reported the incident.

After an investigation by the department’s crimes against children unit, Thomas Peoples was arrested and charged with the crime.

Peoples was first booked into the Arlington Police Department’s jail on a second-degree felony charge on the day of his arrest.

He was then transferred to Tarrant County Jail, after which he was released on a $25,000 bond.

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