Woman testifies Smith County constable made her ‘uncomfortable’ with texts
TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - A Smith County judge has ordered a constable on trial be arrested and bond revoked after he showed up late for his own trial a second time Wednesday.
Judge Austin Reeve Jackson ordered the revocation. Joshua Black showed up an hour late on Tuesday and Wednesday. Jackson said Black was to remain in custody until he could post a new bond.
Joshua Black is on trial before jury on a charge of official oppression. He is accused of using his position in law enforcement to try to get sexual favors.
On Wednesday afternoon, the alleged victim took the stand and was questioned by the prosecution. She acknowledged that she and Black were flirtatious. She said she acted that way because, “You don’t want to make someone mad who holds the power for you to see your child.”
She also said she contacted the Texas Rangers after some text messages from Black made her feel uncomfortable.
During the defense’s cross-examination, the alleged victim stated that no sexual contact ever took place between herself and Black. Additionally, she also affirmed that at no point did Black ever specifically in so many words state that the alleged victim would be unable to see her daughter unless sexual favors or acts were performed. The alleged victim also stated that any communications that might appear as though she had an interest in Black were made simply to do what was necessary to stay in his good graces.
Earlier in the day, prosecutor Richard Vance gave opening arguments and said Black has a supervision company as a side job, which he uses the constable office to hold supervision. Vance said one woman reached out to Black to set up supervision to see her children. Vance said Black and the woman became flirty with each other through texts and Black began asking to see racy photos and then asked for sexual favors in lieu of payment for the supervision.
Vance said Black “wore the badge to prey on people for his sexual gratification.”
Vance said the woman showed text messages to Texas Rangers, who began investigating.
Vance said the last text said “Please try and communicate with me since I am working diligently so you can see your baby girl.”
The Ranger then interviewed Black, who said he was embarrassed but he was just flirting.
“He used his badge to prey on people for his own sexual desire,” Vance said.
Black’s attorney, Mishae Boren, said in opening arguments that the investigation was one-sided and unfair and she said the woman had an agenda.
Texas Ranger Nick Castle was the first to take the stand. He said he started investigating Black in August of 2020. He said he was able to confirm Black’s phone number on the text messages.
Castle testified that the text messages show three times where Black solicited prostitution.
Castle showed many pages of texts between the two to the jury.
Black is also charged with prostitution and that trial is scheduled to take place on Sept. 27.
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