Arinesto

Arrinesto Adams is escorted into the Jones County Adult Detention Center on Thursday. (Photo by Mark Thornton)

An Ellisville man is being accused of having sexual contact with minor children, but no details about the charges were provided by the arresting agency.

Arrinesto Adams, 26, was charged with sexual battery and touching a child for lustful purposes. He said the accusations were made by a woman he has been in a relationship with.

“I didn’t do anything like that,” he said as he was being escorted from his initial appearance in Jones County Justice Court back to the jail. “She knows I love those kids.”

Adams said he is a church musician at New Hope Baptist, right outside of Ellisville.

“Everything was good,” he said. “We just went to the Coast together. I don’t know why she’s saying that.”

Judge Howell Beech set his bond at $25,000 and he has since posted that and been released. The judge did tell him he would be under a strict no-contact order with two women and their children. They’re not being identified in order to protect the identities of the children.

Beech did not read the affidavits of the allegations against Adams and Jones County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Capt. Tonya Madison was in a meeting immediately after the initial appearance and unavailable for comment. She did not respond to a text requesting information about the charges against Adams and justice court won’t release the affidavit.

No press release has been issued by Sheriff Alex Hodge’s spokeswoman Allyson Knotts. The last items posted on the Jones County Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page are an invitation to his campaign kickoff and a video of that ceremony that was produced by one of his employees, a sergeant.

Sexual battery, which means there was penetration of some kind, can carry a sentence of up to life in prison.

In another case, 30-year-old Kenneth Navarro of Ellisville made his initial appearance after being charged with failure to register as a sex offender, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and petit larceny. He is still incarcerated on $5,000 bond.

Also, 25-year-old Edward Jones of Ellisville was charged with domestic aggravated assault and simple domestic assault. He also remains in jail on a $10,000 bond.

The judge issued no-contact orders for both of them that will be in effect if they are able to post bond.

Both were arrested by the Jones County Sheriff’s Department, but no details of their crimes were provided and no press release was sent out by Knotts.

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