Man on bond in child molestation case tried to influence witness, authorities say

A Jonesboro man accused of child molestation is back behind bars after authorities said he attempted to influence a witness while out of jail on bond.

Paul Sherwood Lyle Jr., 35, has pending charges of child molestation and sexual battery against a child under age 16 stemming from a June 2017 arrest. He has been out of jail on a $75,000 bond since August 2017 while he awaits trial in Clayton County.

On Wednesday, the Clayton County District Attorney’s Office took out arrest warrants for Lyle after authorities said he violated a protection order two days earlier.

"While out on bond, Lyle made contact with another minor, a 15-year-old, and convinced the minor to go to the home of the victim of the previous incident and attack them in an attempt to intimidate the witness," a sheriff's spokesman said in a public advisory.

Lyle was arrested Wednesday afternoon while standing at a Rex-area elementary school bus stop “with no justifiable reason for being there,” the spokesman said. Arresting deputies said he was found with a bottle of pink fingernail polish in his pocket.

Lyle is being held in the county jail on charges of aggravated stalking and influencing a witness. His bond was denied Thursday.

He is next scheduled to appear in court Feb. 13 for a preliminary hearing on the most recent charges.

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