Constable Garza’s salary suspended due to sexual assault allegations
VICTORIA, Texas — Victoria County Commissioners suspended the salary of the precinct one constable charged with sexual assault.
Constable Jesse Garza was removed from his post and had his license revoked following allegations from a 2018 incident with a woman.
Garza will have his salary frozen until his trial later this year to determine if he is guilty of the crime.
While allegations have been made against him, and he has been indicted, there is no conviction. The county cannot remove him from his position.
Former law enforcement agent Gary Schmekle will take over, temporarily, as constable for precinct one during this time.
“Our priority, Commissioners Court’s priority in all this has been to have somebody in Precinct 1 patrolling those streets, bailiffing that court. Cause that’s what the residents there deserve. And, I think today’s changes more effectively accomplish that goal,” said County Judge, Ben Zeller.
Constable Garza will continue receiving his benefits to avoid legal issues in the event he is found not guilty of sexual assault.
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