Tampering charges against Castle Hills councilwoman dropped – for now

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Bexar County prosecutors have dropped misdemeanor evidence-tampering charges against former Castle Hills City Council member Sylvia Gonzalez, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

The district attorney’s office said it dismissed the charges because more investigation is needed. That means the charges can still be refiled at a later date, the newspaper reported. The charges related to Gonzalez’s alleged efforts to get rid of Castle Hills’ city manager.

Gonzalez, 72, and current city council member Lesley Wenger were arrested as part of an alleged plot to get rid of City Manager Ryan Rapelye before Wenger joined the council in May 2018. Wenger is accused of breaking the law to get Rapelye’s personal information, while Gonzalez is accused of tricking residents into signing a petition calling for Rapelye’s removal from his job.

Gonzalez was caught on video seizing a stack of petitions that called for Rapelye’s ouster from the mayor’s papers at a May 22 council meeting, even though she later denied she had them, an affidavit states.

Wenger was released from jail and is awaiting an indictment, the Express-News reported.

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