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Grapevine volleyball club owner back in custody

The owner of Grapevine Volleyball Club already charged with having sex with teen-aged girls is back in the Tarrant County Jail after authorities say he violated conditions of his bond.
The owner of Grapevine Volleyball Club already charged with having sex with teen-aged girls is back in the Tarrant County Jail after authorities say he violated conditions of his bond. Courtsey

A Grapevine volleyball club owner charged with having sex with teenaged girls and providing marijuana to another youth was back in custody Thursday for a bond violation, authorities said.

Damian Merrick, 48, of Haltom City, was in the Tarrant County Jail in Fort Worth and no bond had been set.

Merrick, owner of the Grapevine Volleyball Club, was arrested Tuesday, the day after state District Judge Mollee Westfall signed an order saying his bond was insufficient because of a GPS violation. The violation noted that his whereabouts could not be accounted for from 6:02 a.m. on Nov. 7 until 8:12 a.m. on Nov. 7.

The order pointed out that Merrick had failed to charge the monitor as required.

Brian Alan Bolton of Dallas, Merrick’s attorney, could not be reached Thursday for comment.

Last month, Merrick was arrested for another bond violation, but he was later released on new bail. Information on the violation was not available Thursday.

He is charged with two counts of sexual assault of a child under 17 and one charge of delivery of a controlled substance (marijuana) to a minor. He has been arrested three times since May on the charges, and been released on bail each time.

According to conditions of his bond issued Aug. 28, Merrick was not to go within 1,000 feet of parks, school, pools, arcades or any place where children commonly gather.

Other conditions included: Merrick had to surrender his passport, report twice a month to Community Supervision and Corrections Department of Tarrant County, not drink or take illegal drugs, wear an electronic monitor, submit to drug testing and stay away from the girls in the case or any other children under 17.

Merrick is accused of raping a 16-year-old teenager at a Grapevine residence on March 29, according to search and arrest warrant affidavits obtained by the Star-Telegram.

Initially, the girl did not tell anyone what had happened because she was scared and blamed herself, the warrants say.

In May, the Grapevine teen told investigators that Merrick had sexually assaulted her several times, according to the affidavits.

Merrick is accused of performing sex acts on her twice in March, once in a parking lot in the 2600 block of East Southlake Boulevard in Southlake and in a parking lot in the 800 block of West Royal Lane in Irving, the affidavits say.

Merrick was first arrested May 7, accused of providing marijuana to juveniles in March and April, and rearrested in June on the charge of sexual assault of a child involving the 16-year-old girl.

Grapevine police continued their investigation during the summer and arrested Merrick again in September when investigators determined another student was involved in the case.

Merrick has a court hearing on the three charges scheduled for Dec. 16 in Criminal District Court No. 371.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763, @mingoramirezjr

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