Is she a sergeant -- or an Internet diva?

October 28, 2011 7:27:18 AM PDT
13 Undercover goes cyberspace. Why you should always be careful what you say on Facebook. It's the latest in a widening investigation of the Harris County Pct. 6 Constables Office.

Constable Trevino promised he'd review possible wrongdoing in his office months ago. We're still waiting to see what he found, but we do know who he's picked to help conduct his investigation. And it's an undercover dream come true.

She's an Internet star.

"Hi! I'm Takila James, founder and CEO of Simply Fabulous Entertainment and welcome to my crib," she says in her YouTube video.

At least she thinks she is with her self-made episodes of "Cribs." Let's call it the Humble edition because she lives up north.

About 100 people have watched this on YouTube -- until tonight.

But this Fab Diva also carries a gun and a badge.

"Thank you for being here because I wanted to make an announcement that it won't be business as usual here at Precinct 6," Harris County Pct. 6 Constable Victor Trevino said.

That was Constable Victor Trevino after his office was under investigation by us. His command staff stood behind him.

Wait a second -- isn't that Simply Fab Diva, AKA, Sgt. Takila James?

"Sgt. James, I have questions for you. Why don't you roll down the window and talk to us?" we told James.

Sgt. James wouldn't admit it to us, but she must have liked all the attention.

On Twitter she wrote, "Dang I have my very own local paparazzi! Catch me if you can!!! Or did no comment make you angry?"

Actually Diva, I'm kinda used to it.

"Sgt. James, why don't you roll down the window and talk to us?" we told her.

Simply Fab Diva just loves social media -- Facebook, Twitter. Tonight, why you should always be careful what you say in cyberspace.

"There's a timestamp with Facebook; with tweets, there's a timestamp. Heck, with certain social media programs, you can find out where people are, you can track them from place to place to place. It's a brilliant tool," said Trent Siebert with Texas Watchdog.

"Don't you think the public needs an explanation as to how you're spending your time?" we asked James.

Sgt. James is the Precinct 6 supervisor over security at one Houston busiest shopping malls -- Gulfgate at 610 South and 45. Betcha she was real busy on Black Friday. Her time sheet shows her working from 11am to 7pm.

But was she guarding shoppers or the TV? Let's ask Facebook. It was also the day of the Alabama-Auburn game, and the sergeant was clearly interested in the play-by-play. She wrote:

"C'mon BAMA!!!" "McElroy get up!!! The only thing hurt is your pride..." "Nap time.... I can't believe how drained I am!"

The day before Thanksgiving, time sheets show she worked from 3 to 11pm.

But at 4:39pm that day, Takila was back on Facebook:

"I'm on my 5th glass of wine! What time is it? Maybe I need to slow down!"

Well sergeant, it's an hour and a half after you're supposed to be at work and you've got a gun.

"And it sounds like you caught someone slipping up pretty bad," Siebert said.

The chaotic Christmas season comes next, and Santa knows if you've been naughty or nice.

Monday, December 20, just five shopping days left. Here's the time sheet: 3 to 11pm.

But just before 8pm she posts, "Have to take time out from packing and getting FABulous for my trip to go live @FABreality Radio at 8PM/CST."

That's right, Takila has a live Internet radio show right in the middle of her shift.

The next day at 10:49am: "Can you believe I actually made it to the airport on time!"

Hey, where you going sergeant? You're supposed to protect the East End in just a couple of hours.

"It should be a lot of trouble. It's irrefutable evidence what she was doing," KTRK Legal Analyst Joel Androphy said.

Takila just loves the Internet. She's supposedly working when she buys a Hello Kitty bling case for her iPad.

"I think I'm addicted to Internet shopping!" read one of her posts.

But at least she's awake.

September 23, she's supposed to be working noon to 8pm but the diva is dishing again on Facebook: "...woke up at 5:30pm. It sure is tiresome being a multi-facet entrepreneur..."

You're right, sergeant, especially when you're already paid to be a full-time deputy.

"And the Internet is basically the new piece of evidence for prosecution," Androphy said.

Play detective with our 13 Undercover interactive: You can find out more about Sgt. Takila James, AKA Simply Fab Diva, and check out the time sheets and Facebook posts that could come back to haunt her.

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