Smith County Commissioner charged with Injury to an Elderly Person

Smith County Commissioner charged with Injury to an Elderly Person

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The Smith County Commissioner has been arrested and charged after she allegedly assaulted an elderly woman inside a pastor's office at a church.

Joann Hampton, 60, of Tyler has been charged with Injury to an Elderly Person.

On April 2, the Smith County Sheriff's Office received a tip that a possible assault had occurred at the Spring Creek Baptist Church, on County Road 46 in Smith County.

The victim alleged that she had been inside the Pastor's office of the church with the door closed discussing an issue with the Pastor. That's when she says Hampton entered the office and started shouting at her. The victim went on to say that Hampton pushed her down, causing her to fall against a chair and injure her wrist.

The victim was taken to the hospital. She was treated and released.

On Friday, an arrest warrant was issued to charge Hampton. Hampton reportedly turned herself into the Smith County Jail today. She was processed and posted $10,000 bond.

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