March 03, 2006

Bishop accused of sexual assault posts bail

Fort Worth Star-Telegram


FORT WORTH — Bishop Terry Hornbuckle, leader of the Agape Christian Fellowship in Arlington, is almost out of jail again –- the latest development in a series of arrests related to sexual assault and drug charges pending against him.

He posted $3.62 million bail today through the Orville Person Bail Bond Service company at 11:15 a.m. and is expected to be released from the Tarrant County jail early Friday, a jail sergeant said.

“The bonds have to be processed, and we’ll let him go early tomorrow to be released into probation,” said Sgt. Don Kraul, who works in the county jail’s bond office.

Hornbuckle’s attorney, Michael Heiskell, could not immediately be reached for comment.

A clerk at the bond service company declined to give his name or elaborate on who paid the company to post Hornbuckle’s bail, except to say that staff members had dealt solely with Heiskell.

Hornbuckle, 43, has been arrested three times on drug violations since March 11, when he was indicted on four of the six sexual assault charges and drug possession charges against him. His most recent arrest was Dec. 29 at his Grapevine home after he failed a drug test.

Posted by kshaw at March 3, 2006 07:27 AM