|Posted by Diane Vigil on September 26, 2013 at 12:45 AM|
Three current or former Child Protective Services investigators were arrested in Hunt County on Tuesday on tampering with evidence charges. The arrests are reportedly related to the case of Alicia Moore, a Greenville teenager who was murdered after walking off her school bus last year.
Details of the allegations have not been disclosed. The indictments against the workers are sealed. Law enforcement officials in Hunt County either declined to comment to didn’t immediately return messages.
But District Attorney Noble Walker told the Greenville Herald Banner that the arrests were “in relation to the Alicia Moore case,” though not to her murder.
The three workers arrested were Laura Marsh Ard, 60; Rebekah Lynn Ross, 34, and Natalie Ausbie Reynolds, 34. Reynolds is supervisor for the state agency and is based out of the Dallas office. Ross and Ard were both investigators and recently left the agency.
Ard retired in March after a 21-year career. Ross resigned on July 31.
CPS officials said they are working to find out more about the case.
“We just learned about this today and we don’t have any information about what is in those indictments,” said spokesman Patrick Crimmins.
All three women have been charged with tampering with physical evidence. Reynolds and Ross have also been charged with official oppression, a charge that can be levied against a public servant who unlawfully mistreats or arrests someone, denies a person of his rights or sexual harasses someone.
Moore, who was 16, disappeared on Nov. 2 sometime after she walked off her school bus in a Greenville neighborhood. Her nude body was found days later inside a wicker trunk in Hunt County. Her uncle, Michael Vincent Moore, was arrested in May and charged with the murder. Court documents indicate that DNA evidence implicated him in the crime.
A few months before her murder, another man was accused of sexually assaulting her. That man, 49-year-old Terry Dwayne Ramsire, remains in the Hunt County Jail on multiple charges of indecency with a child.