Art Lawler Staff Writer email@example.com
A federal judge has signed a search warrant requested by a special agent with the Federal Bureau Investigation which the FBI expects will show Ada bail bondsman Robert Pierce having been “involved in travel to a foreign country with the intent to have sex with minors.”
Special Agent Scott Lobb said that in support of the warrant there is “probable cause to believe there is evidence ... of Pierce committing these acts.”
Pierce and an Oklahoma City attorney, Michael Dean Billings, are accused of taking as many as 30 trips to Peru since 2005. The federal search warrant shows that a source told agents with the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration that Billings had been traveling to Iquitos, Peru, to have sex with children. It is alleged that Pierce often accompanied Billings.
The source has never been inaccurate with his reporting, Special Agent Scott Lobb stated in his request for the warrant.
According to the warrant, the agent’s request was to search for items which constitute “instrumentalities, fruits, and evidence of the forgoing violations.”
The FBI said it has evidence that Pierce and Billings traveled together on 25 of their trips. Records also show the two traveled to Iquitos in April of this year.
According to Peruvian immigration, Billings entered the country on April 21 and departed on April 26. The records also show Pierce entering the country on April 16 and leaving on April 29.
Lobb stated that one of two sources in Peru met with Pierce in Iquitos and that Pierce admitted he had been traveling to Iquitos for years with Billings, four to six times a year.
On Sept. 22, Pierce and Billings were detained by Peruvian law enforcement authorities after Pierce allegedly took two underage girls into a hotel room at the El Dorado Plaza.
The source said both men discussed their sexual conquests in meeting and engaging in sexual activities with young girls in Iquitos.
Peruvian law enforcement officials searched Pierce’s room and found 22 condoms, two bottles of lubricant, Viagra tablets, erectile dysfunction supplements, four large bags of candy, 26 U.S. $100 bills, gift books containing 25 U.S. $1 bills, pesos, and Peruvian currency (soles).
In addition, the warrant states, two bags containing Victoria Secret’s female undergarments were found with perfume, a gift watch and two shirts.
Peruvian authorities seized three cell phones with cameras, a laptop computer, a digital camera with four additional memory cards, a Peruvian SIM (Moviestar), and three thumb drives.
Judge Susanne Mitchell, with the U.S. District Court, Western Division, signed the warrant, which was filed Tuesday.
As of press time Thursday, there had been no reports of arrests.
A Google search lists Pierce’s company as AAA Affordable Bail Bonds, 804 E Main St., in Ada.