A bail bondsman in Bay County meets his bond, a day after he is arrested on two felony charges. According to a warrant affidavit, Jerry Bruce Steele, a bail bondsman at Steele Boys, hired three unlicensed employees to perform the duties of an agent.
Robert Aaron Outlaw, Joseph Perry Rogers and Christopher Robert Smith are charged with acting as a bail bond agent without a license. But Smith is the only convicted felon. In an open case, he is charged with 10 felonies and 9 misdemeanors. All three are being held at the Bay County Jail; however Steele was released on a $10,000 bond.
State Attorney Glenn Hess says the legislature chose to regulate the bail bondsman industry years ago, which he and his office plan to uphold. "We have a law that apparently led to a complaint. We will take it through the system like we normally would and the law has to be followed and vindicated." Hess says.
The complaint filed by the state also outlines the men the 3 were hired to apprehend, detain and arrest Christopher Glenn Corliss, Bobby Gene Weathers, and David G. Roberts for bonds held.
Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Consumer Services Spokesperson Nina Ashley says, "They were acting as a bail bondsman. Conducting all the duties that a bail bondsman would do including, apprehend individuals."
News 13 went to the Steele Boys office, but they declined to comment. An attempt to speak with Steele's lawyer was also made but our calls were not returned.
Many have asked if the bonds issued by Jerry Steele and his company are still valid; the state says they are because there is an active certified bondsman in the office. If and when the state attorney's office formally files charges, Steele's license will be suspended.