Marc Garcia, a captain in the Bexar County Precinct 2 Constable’s Office, was fired Wednesday after being indicted along with the former constable, Michelle Barrientes Vela, on felony and misdemeanor charges, KSAT reported.
A spokesman for the office told the TV station that Garcia was placed on a 10-day administrative leave on Jan. 24 and was fired after that period ended. His leave began a day after he and Barrientes Vela were indicted by a Bexar County grand jury.
Garcia was charged with felony aggravated perjury and three counts of misdemeanor official oppression. Barrientes Vela faces those charges as well as two felony counts of tampering with evidence.
Prosecutors say that Garcia made false statements under oath to get an arrest warrant for Leonicio Moreno in April, KSAT reported. That led to Moreno, a Precinct 2 deputy who had filed to run against Barrientes Vela for constable, being taken into custody on a charge of aggravated perjury. The case was dismissed by prosecutors just hours later, however.
Barrientes Vela was later forced to resign her position after publicly stating she intended to run for sheriff in Bexar County.
Garcia’s indictment accuses him of mistreating Moreno and directing others in Barrientes Vela’s administration to harass and intimidate him, the TV station reported.
Garcia and Barrientes Vela are scheduled to be in court on Feb. 26.