His charges included 7 federal felonies, and at one point, his bonds totaled more than a million dollars. But tonight, a Smith County constable's legal troubles are over. Today, constable Henry Jackson resolved all his pending charges.
KLTV 7's Danielle Capper takes us through this surprising agreement that attorneys call a lot of give and take.
As potential jurors arrived this morning, an agreement was in the works for constable Henry Jackson.
"What the agreement represents is treating Mr. Jackson as any other citizen," said Tonda Curry, a special prosecutor assigned to Jackson's case.
Jackson was originally indicted on 3 counts of official opression and sexual harrassment, and 7 felony counts of tampering with a government record.
On the harrassment charges, Jackson pleaded no contest to one count of simple assault, a class C misdemeanor. As part of the agreement, the other 2 sexual harrassment charges dropped because of when those offenses occurred.
"In this particular case the whole discrepancy was about whether Mr. Jackson was at the time he committed this offense was in an official capacity or was in the capacity of any other citizen. What he plead no contest to this morning was exactly what the charge would have been for any ordinary citizen who committed any ordinary employer who committed that action while going through the application process with any potential employee," said Curry.
Jackson did plead guilty to a lesser charge of tampering with a government record, a class A misdemeanor, and his other tampering charges were dropped.
Jackson was sentenced to a $100 fine for the simple assault charge, plus a $1,400 fine and 6 months deferred adjudication probation on the tampering charge. He will also have to pay court costs and fees.
It's an agreement Jackson's defense attorneys are pleased with.
"He had 11 cases charged against him. Over a million dollars in bond. Hiring attorneys, things of that nature. So he instructed us to come up with a resolution to the cases that would be able to put everything behind him and move forward in a positive manner," said Michael Todd, one of Jackson's defense attorneys.
They're calling it a total resolution to the cases, so that Jackson can continue as constable.
Jackson's convictions and court papers will be sent to T-CLEOSE, a commission that reviews law enforcement officers. They tell us that the process is long, but they will be reviewing his case and could potentially revoke or suspend his constable's license.