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Arrest affidavits obtained in constable's office investigation

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

Three Smith County Deputy Constables and one lieutenant are now suspended after being charged with operating a security company without a license.

Those three deputies are Monty Ward Junior, Mark Pierce and Justin Stockwell. The lieutenant is Thomas Burns.

Tuesday KLTV obtained the official arrest affidavits which tell more about the charges.

According to court documents, the three deputies and the lieutenant all provided guard company services in The Woods neighborhood without first getting a license from the Department of Public Safety.

Each arrest affidavit says the officers did not meet the exemptions that would have made their security services legal.

That's because they were "serving as security officers in a non-salaried deputy constable capacity for precinct three," according to the affidavit.

Therefore, according to DPS, the officers violated the Private Security Law.

Under that law, one exemption includes being a full-time peace officer who receives compensation for private work as a guard or patrolman. That section goes on to say that officer cannot be a reserve peace officer.

According to a January precinct 3 roster submitted by Constable Rust to the Smith County Commissioner's Court,  Pierce, Ward and Stockwell are all reserve deputies with unpaid status. Burns was not listed on that January roster.

Precinct 3 of the county includes New Chapel Hill, Arp, Whitehouse and Troup... four communities that are now four officers down as a result of the impending investigation.

We've posted a copy of one of the arrest affidavits online. If you'd like to read the entire thing just click HERE.

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