Deputy accused of hiding vehicles to avoid repo man

GALVESTON, TX

Joseph Dowlearn, 37, is charged with hindering a secured creditor.

Prosecutors allege Dowlearn defaulted on two car loans with the Galveston government Employees Credit Union and hid the vehicles to prevent them from being repossessed.

Dowlearn was freed on bond Thursday. He's been on a leave of absence with the county since September.

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