The Caldwell County district attorney has declined to prosecute charges against an assistant constable for stealing public records. Instead, the constable who brought the charges is now under investigation, KXAN reported.
Former Hays County Precinct 3 assistant constable Gary Griffin was charged in January with two felonies and three high-level misdemeanors for allegedly stealing documents from the office of Hays County Precinct 3 Constable Ray Helm. He turned himself in and was released on a personal recognizance bond.
Caldwell County District Attorney Fred Weber, who got the case after Hays County District Attorney Wes Mau recused himself, sent letters to Mau last week that said he will not pursue prosecution, the TV station reported.
“Based on the totality of the circumstances, the State believes there is insufficient credible evidence to prove the allegations beyond a reasonable doubt,” Weber wrote to Mau.
Griffin, who served for more than two decades as Precinct 1 constable in Williamson County, worked as Helm’s second-in-command for two years. He left office in June 2019 with “honorably discharged” status.
Last November, Griffin filed a formal complaint with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement alleging that Helm falsified body camera training records from a June 2019 training sanctioned by TCOLE, KXAN reported.
TCOLE found that one deputy constable didn’t take the course despite Helm’s records showing he had and that none of the officers spent the required two hours in the training. Helm received a written reprimand from TCOLE Executive Director Kim Vickers.
KXAN reported that six days before the reprimand was handed down, Helm obtained the five warrants for Griffin’s arrest from Hays County District Court Judge David Junkin.
“In my mind, in my heart I knew I was being wrongfully charged, but I had to submit to the process. That’s the law and I did because I’m a good cop. Everybody’s supposed to follow the rules. Everybody. Even guys that wear badges,” Griffin told KXAN.
The TV station reported that Helm is now under further investigation by TCOLE and the Hays County Auditor’s Office on several issues, including falsifying training records and using taxpayer resources for his own benefit.