A Louisiana man arrested in Galveston as a fugitive from justice waived extradition to Alabama on a charge of sexual torture of a child, authorities said Wednesday.
Bond was denied for Chris Stevens Childress, 45, of Jena, La., after his arrest Saturday on the charge originating from the Mobile, Ala., police department, authorities said.
The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office arrested Childress without incident as he stepped from a boat docked at Pelican Island, authorities said. Childress worked for an offshore transportation services company.
A grand jury indicted Childress on the charge, and a warrant was issued for his arrest Jan. 15, Lori Myles, a spokeswoman for the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, said. An indictment isn’t a guilty verdict. It means a grand jury heard enough evidence to send the case to trial.
Childress is accused of the sexual torture of a child under the age of 18, Prosecutor Ella Byrd, director of the Mobile County District Attorney’s Office child abuse protection unit, said.