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Former Seven Points Mayor pleads guilty to abusing office

Released by the Henderson County District Attorney's Office:

SEVEN POINTS, TX (KLTV) - Gerald Taylor, the former mayor of Seven Points, pled guilty Monday to two charges of abuse of Official Capacity in Judge Mark Calhoon's 3rd Judicial District Court. 

Taylor was arrested in December 2009 by investigators from the District Attorney's Office assisted by a Federal Agent.  A Henderson County Grand Jury handed down 2 indictments in November of last year charging Taylor with Abuse of Official Capacity.

The indictments alleged that Taylor in concert with former Seven Points municipal judge, Monica Corker, cashed over 100 2-party checks using funds from the Seven Points municipal court. 

Corker pled guilty late last year in Federal Court to Federal charges and is awaiting sentencing.  The guilty plea was part of a plea bargain which required Taylor to admit his guilt in open court in front of numerous Seven Points citizens.  In exchange for his guilty plea, Taylor was placed on deferred adjudication and ordered to two years of community supervision.

District Attorney Scott McKee indicated that he was pleased with the outcome of the plea and that his main goal is to get the city moving forward for its citizens.  "This is the second guilty plea stemming from our year-long investigation into the City Seven Points." 

Current city counsel members Jeremy "Bubba" Powell and Tommy Taylor are also under indictment and were also arraigned on Monday.  Both pled not guilty. 

"Unlike Corker's case, this case involving Gerald Taylor did not involve any theft of city funds."  Said McKee.  "Taylor's charges are the result of his cashing numerous checks using city funds which is against the law because public officials cant use public funds for personal gain, even if it is merely using them to cash checks."

 "The most significant benefit of this plea bargain is that we can move forward and put this behind us."  Said McKee.  "Mr. Taylor is no longer in public office and admitted his responsibility without the need for a trial and the embarrassment for the city of Seven Points." 

"Rather than drag this city through the spectacle of numerous trials and continuing drama to prove that he cashed over 170 personal checks, the right thing to do was to allow Mr. Taylor to accept responsibility for abusing his office so that the city can get back to business,"

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