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E. Texas principal facing criminal charge

Mark Giles. Photo Source: Houston County Jail. Mark Giles. Photo Source: Houston County Jail.

CROCKETT, Texas (KTRE) - A Crockett school principal faces a felony charge following a Houston County Grand Jury's October indictment, which alleges he used school property for personal gain.

According to the indictment, filed on Oct. 27, Mark Glen Giles, 50, of Crockett, used a laptop computer to "obtain a benefit, intentionally or knowingly misuse government property or a thing of value belonging to the government" on or around July 17.

Giles, a principal of Crockett High School, has been on administrative leave since the summer, according to Freddie Kitchen, Crockett ISD secretary.

Houston County District Attorney Donna Gordon Kaspar said an internal audit showed Giles had used the computer to do work on his personal rental property.

Crockett ISD took the evidence to the sheriff's office instead of Crockett Police, to avoid any conflict-of-interest, as Chief Jimmy Fisher also works for Crockett ISD.

Giles booked in and out of the Houston County Jail on Nov. 9 on a $3,500 bond.

He is charged with abuse of official capacity, a state jail felony.

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