Constable Victor Trevino appears in court after being indicted on 4 counts

November 27, 2012 10:19:50 AM PST
Harris County Constable Victor Trevino commented briefly on the criminal case against him. The long-time Precinct 6 lawman is facing four charges alleging abuse of power and misuse of charity and political donations.

It was his first court appearance since his indictment. Trevino made a brief appearance in court Tuesday and he spoke publicly for the first time since his indictment.

Trevino did not go before the judge, waiving probable cause and through his attorney asking that his case be reset. He has been indicted on four felony charges. The 14 month long investigation was prompted after our own 13 Undercover investigation into his office.

The constable of 23 years is charged with misapplication of fiduciary property in which Trevino allegedly did not document where he spent thousands of dollars in cash donations to his charity. He also faces two counts of tampering with government records for alleged campaign donations accepted but never reported. And the last charge is abuse of official capacity for allegedly using on-duty employees to serve eviction and vacate notices, something that should have been paid for with tax dollars.

"On behalf of my family and myself, I just want to thank the community for their overwhelming support, their prayers. We've cooperated and we're going to continue to cooperate and we're going to see this through all the way," Trevino told Eyewitness News.

We asked Trevino's attorney if the accused constable will still be able to carry his badge. He told us, "He is still the elected constable and will stay that way."

Trevino faces up to 24 years in prison if convicted. He is expected back in court on January 9.


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