Full Slate of Charges Revealed for Pappas

By: Michelle Peltier & Steve Fullhart
By: Michelle Peltier & Steve Fullhart

We know more now about a multiple-count indictment handed up against the former battalion chief of the Bryan Fire Department.

As we first reported Monday, a Bexar County grand jury indicted Nick Pappas for online solicitation of a child for sex. Tuesday, we learned that Pappas was indicted on six counts.

The indictment includes four counts of online solicitation of a child and two counts of criminal solicitation of a child.

Pappas was arrested by San Antonio police in November after they say he went to San Antonio to meet and have sex with a 13-year-old girl he'd met online. That girl turned out to be an undercover detective.

An initial hearing date for Pappas hasn't been set, but as Pappas awaits his fate, he isn't awaiting retirement pay.

He will never work for the Bryan Fire Department again, and Nick Pappas's career in that field may be over. That doesn't mean he won't receive taxpayer money for his early retirement.

"Under Chapter 143 of civil service law that we work under in the state of Texas, we're entitled to accumulated leaves," said Bryan Fire Chief Mike Donoho. "The city has a policy that you must be an employee in good standing to receive benefits."

And so while the former battalion chief received more than $20,000 for sick leave hours he tallied, Pappas won't be allotted pay for 237 hours of vacation time.

But that doesn't include undisclosed retirement figures, numbers and dollar signs that will fill his pocket long after his soon-to-be scheduled court ruling.

"The longer we stay here, the more money we put in the retirement system," Donoho said. "It means the more money we get at retirement age."

Pappas spent 25 years with Bryan Fire. Upon his arrest for soliciting a minor, he was given the option by the city to retire.

"We would have had to go through a disciplinary process one way or another," Donoho said. "For him to leave under those circumstances was probably best for him and for the city of Bryan."

But while Pappas will continue to receive his retirement for the rest of his life from the City of Bryan, a guilty verdict means it's almost impossible for him to work as a first responder in the state of Texas, as they do not allow felony charges on the records of emergency personnel.

"We're supposed to be held to a higher standard in the emergency services, and we expect people to govern themselves accordingly to follow the rules and regulations and laws of the land," Donoho said.

But it is also law that will keep money in Nick Pappas's pockets despite his charges.

In addition to his work at the Bryan Fire Department, Pappas was also a member of Texas Task Force 1. Team members are sponsored by the agency they work for, meaning Pappas would not be eligible to be on the task force if he isn't allowed to be a first responder.


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