Bexar County court clerk avoids criminal charges despite being caught naked on camera

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KSAT reported that a longtime Bexar County court clerk, who was caught on camera, inside the courthouse, exposing his buttocks and genitals and grabbing a bailiff’s genitals, was not criminally charged for his behavior.

Jesse Mesa III, a clerk for the 37th Civil District Court, resigned in September 2016, a month after the bailiff reported the incident to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office and county officials, the TV station said. A source told KSAT that Mesa resigned to avoid being fired.

The bailiff said Mesa began sexually harassing him in January 2016. The bailiff, who was not named by the TV station, used an undercover pen camera to capture Mesa exposing himself to the bailiff in a conference room on Aug. 8, 2016, and then reaching for the bailiff’s genitals. 

In a lawsuit filed in July 2017 against county officials, the bailiff says he reported Mesa’s behavior to a sheriff’s office supervisor in June 2016 and began wearing the undercover camera the next month. The suit said that Mesa grabbed the bailiff’s genitals during the conference room incident although it isn’t clear in the video due to the location of the camera on the bailiff’s body.

KSAT said that the sheriff’s office would not release the report and the TV station instead got a copy from a source familiar with the investigation. Mesa was investigated for a misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure and assault on a public servant, a third-degree felony.

Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said his office’s investigators closed the case, reopened it and closed it a second time without filing charges.

“We’ve looked at the case in its entirety. If it doesn’t rise to a certain level, we just let the courts take over from there. So that’s where it is,” he told KSAT.

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