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Abreu free after most recent arrest

Former Barnesville municipal judge Henry Abreu is free on bond but under house arrest following his latest brush with the law. Abreu, 54, was arrested December 30 on charges of solicitation of sodomy and stalking. Investigators said Abreu, who resides at 123 Stafford Ave. in Barnesville, was taped soliciting oral sex from a female. Former investigator Rick McCreary reported after the arrest that both probation and immigration officials had placed holds on Abreu but he was released on house arrest on a $2000 bond after the change in sheriff administrations. McCreary, who commanded the criminal investigations division under former sheriff Joe Buice, was not retained by sheriff Larry Waller who took office January 1. Barnesville city manager Kenny Roberts signed Abreu’s bond. Chief magistrate William Thomas had set the bond after a first appearance hearing December 30, according to magistrate court clerk Jennifer Pritchett. Waller did not respond to phone calls and e-mails from The Herald-Gazette seeking comment on Abreu’s release prior to press time Monday evening. Abreu remains on probation from 2006 convictions on charges of furnishing alcohol to a minor, permitting an unlicensed person to drive and violation of oath of office after being caught in a sting operation. He was sentenced to five years probation and fined $5000 as a first offender. In November 2007, Abreu was involved in a serious traffic accident in which his vehicle crossed the center line and struck a pickup pulling a camper on Highway 18 West. The camper was totally destroyed. Abreu was charged with DUI, sentenced to 45 days in jail and fined $950 for that offense. He was also ordered to abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages and attend DUI school. His license was suspended. He began serving his jail term on July 4, 2008. In recent months, Abreu has been a patient in two area nursing homes. He served as Barnesville municipal judge from 2004-2006.

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