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9/20/06-Tyler

Former Smith County Commissioner Pleads No Contest

A former Smith County Commissioner pleads no contest to assault charges, a Class C misdemeanor.

Frank Sawyer served one term as the Precinct 3 Commissioner from January 2001 to January 2005.

The charges filed last September accused Sawyer of intentionally and knowingly causing physical contact with the victim by grabbing her arm. The complaint goes on to say Sawyer knew and should have reasonably believed that the victim would regard the contact as offensive and provocative.

While Sawyers defense attorney, Bennett White of Tyler, says the no contest plea is not an admission of guilt, the special prosecutor in the case, Brett Harrison, says the plea means Sawyer did not dispute what the facts were and what the evidence would show in trial.

"The major fact that he didn't dispute is the fact that he grabbed the victim and made the comment that was obviously sexual in nature, that he was going to get in her Levi's."

Brett Harrison says the victim in the case is thrilled with the outcome, and glad to have it all behind her.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com

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