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Smith County Pct. 2 constable arrested for official oppression, prostitution

Joshua Black
Joshua Black(Smith County Sheriff's Office)
Updated: Nov. 6, 2020 at 3:35 PM CST
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Friday, a constable has been arrested for official oppression and prostitution, according to Smith County District Attorney Jacob Putnam.

Online court records show that Pct. 2. Constable Joshua Black was indicted by a grand jury that met in the 114th Judicial District Courtroom on Thursday. He was indicted for official oppression and prostitution, which are both misdemeanors.

“The Smith County District Attorney’s Office does not comment on pending criminal cases," said Smith County District Attorney Jacob Putnam. "My office is committed to seeing justice done in all cases and treating everyone equal under the law regardless of race, gender, position, or status.”

East Texas News called Black’s office for comment on the indictment, but the call was sent to voice mail because Black was not in the office.

Black posted bail on a collective bond amount of $2,000 and has since been released from the Smith County jail.

The text of the indictment for the prostitution charge alleges that on July 31, Black offered a fee to a woman in exchange for sexual intercourse and contact.

According to the official oppression indictment, Black offered to provide supervised visitation services to the woman in exchange for engaging in sexual conduct.

According to the Smith County website, the commissioners' court appointed Black to fill the two-year unexpired term after Andy Dunklin vacated the officer to become a justice of the peace. Black was sworn in to serve as the constable for Precinct 2 on Jan. 2019.

Before he was appointed the Pct. 2 constable, Black served more than 16 years with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office as a jailer and a deputy.

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