Merritt Charged With Second Child Sex Crime

Tommy E. Merritt
Tommy E. Merritt

Tommy Merritt wasn’t on the street for very long.

Hours after a judge reduced his bail on a charge of having sexual contact with a child younger than 13, Fulton Police re-arrested him overnight on a new child sex charge.

The new charge alleges Merritt had sexual intercourse with a child younger than 15.

He’s charged with three felony counts of criminal sex act and a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child.

Fulton City Court Judge Spencer Ludington sent Merritt back to jail on bail of $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond.

Merritt is due back in court September 1.

Merritt was freed earlier in the day when a judge reduced his bail on the original charge to $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.

Police say they’re continuing to look for others who feel they have have been abused by Merritt, a well-known martial arts instructor who operated Precision Tae Kwan Do.  People with information should call the Fulton Police Department at 598-4504.