HEMPSTED (Southeast Texas Record Weekly) -- Hardin County Precinct 6 Constable Tim Moody has been indicted on a misdemeanor charge of abuse of official capacity, but plans to plead not guilty.
Moody, 53. turned himself in at the Waller County Jail and was released on a $5,000 bond.
According to Hardin County Sheriff Ed Cain, the Texas Rangers have been investigating the allegations against Moody, who has worked as an investigator in the county attorney’s office.
Attorney Dustin Galmor of Galmor, Stovall & Gilthorpe is representing Moody along with Ryan Gertz of the Gertz Law Firm. Galmor said in a release that the allegation against Moody is based on a disagreement regarding how $350 paid to Moody should have been designated under government code.
"After a wide-ranging and intrusive investigation, looking through years of personal and professional financial records of Constable Moody, the only dispute is over this $350,” Galmor said. “Constable Moody is absolutely innocent, and this charge jeopardizes his longstanding career of service to this community. Constable Moody welcomes the opportunity to place the unfounded allegation before a jury of fellow southeast Texans. Additionally, Constable Moody looks forward to clearing the name and reputation of the fine law enforcement officers who are employed by the Precinct 6 constable’s office.”
Moody began working with Hardin County as a sheriff’s deputy 33 years ago, serving on the narcotics task force. He also served as deputy constable for several years before being elected constable. He has served as constable for seven years and is nearing the end of his second term, which expires in December.