HOUSTON - Harris County Precinct 6 Constable Victor Trevino made his first court appearance Tuesday after being indicted on criminal charges.
He appeared in court and waived his probable cause hearing.
Trevino spoke to reporters afterward.
"On behalf of my family and myself, I just want to thank the community for their overwhelming support and their prayers. We've cooperated. We're going to continue to cooperate. We're going to see this through all the way," said Trevino.
Trevino is charged with misapplication of fiduciary property, abuse of official capacity and two charges of tampering with government records.
The charges came after a 14-month-long investigation by the Harris County District Attorney's Office Public Integrity Division.
"We're very eager for our day in court. It's a sad day in the community that Constable Trevino's good name has been sullied because of these charges, and we're very eager to having the opportunity to vindicate him and return his good name," said Trevino's attorney, Chip Lewis.
If convicted, Trevino would face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 on the misapplication charges and six months to two years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 on the other charges.
Trevino was first elected as the Precinct 6 Constable in 1988. Trevino graduated from the Houston Police Academy in 1976. He served as a police officer for 13 years.
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