More Charges Could Come Against St. Martin Couple In Child Sex Case

The St. Martin couple accused of operating a sex ring involving teenage boys will remain in jail. During an initial court appearance Thursday in Pascagoula, Judge T. Wilson denied bond for Ricky and Christina Earls.

Two weeks ago, the couple was arrested in California after the Jackson County Sheriff's Department says it got word the couple was using a St. Martin home to operate a sex ring involving young boys.

"It is heinous to take advantage of a minor in this way," Sheriff Mike Byrd said.

Sheriff Byrd says Christina Earls, a 34-year-old disabled mother of four, was having sexual intercourse with several teens while her husband, 42-year-old Army National Guard member Ricky Earls, taped the explicit acts.

"It is sad we have people in society today that do something like this. It is really sad," Sheriff Byrd said.

During Thursday's court hearing, the couple sat silent as they heard the long list of charges against them.

"Sexual exploitation of a child, each one is facing one count of that. Christina Earls, three counts of sexual battery at this point," Sheriff's Investigator Mike Ballard said.

Ballard says the Earls could be facing more charges pretty soon.

"Right now we are charging them with three victims. The investigation is continuing. There may be more victims," Ballard said.

Ballard says there is no evidence that shows the Earls' four kids were involved.

Ricky and Christina Earls are being held at the Jackson County Jail. The couple's preliminary hearing date has not been set at this time.