WAXAHACHIE — Ellis County Pct. 4 Constable Mike Jones was arrested on four new charges Thursday morning.
Court documents show an Ellis County Grand Jury indicted Jones Wednesday, Aug. 23 on two charges of misuse of official information, one charge of retaliation and one charge of deadly conduct. The first three charges are third-degree felonies and the fourth is a Class A misdemeanor. Bonds total $80,000, with $25,000 related to each of the three felony offenses.
Ellis County and District Attorney Patrick Wilson stated the latest three charges came down from the grand jury after a witness in the cases pending against Jones provided his office with new evidence. According to Wilson, the evidence showed Jones “engaged in response to her participation as a witness.” He added the witness initially came forward earlier this year and her participation was made known to Jones.
Wilson also stated that the female witness is "concerned for her safety."
“At the time the arrest warrants were served on him this morning, search warrants were also served at his place of employments and his residence in support of this on going investigation,” Wilson stated.
The three third-degree felonies carry a sentence of 2-10 years in prison and the Class A misdemeanor carries a penalty of up to one year in jail.
This marks the third arrest and third set of indictments for Jones.
He was indicted by an Ellis County Grand Jury on Feb. 8 for tampering with physical evidence, which is also a third-degree felony. The indictment came after he was alleged to have remotely purged his iCloud associated with a county-issued iPhone and two computers after the Ellis County and District Attorney’s Office confiscated the devices as part of an investigation.
Before that, Jones was indicted for allegedly abusing his official capacity on May 11, 2016. This charge stemmed from his alleged misuse of government property for his personal for-profit business and during his re-election campaign. According to previously obtained court documents, the property included an Ellis County issued smartphone, computer, email service, and vehicle, along with the services of county employees.
Wilson also noted his office could pursue a second petition to remove Jones from office.
"If you recall earlier this year we filed a civil petition to remove him from office to get him out of office sooner rather than waiting for the criminal cases to run their course," he explained. "We ultimately withdrew that after we were unable to get him removed immediately pending the out come of the suit. We decided at that time the continuation of the civil suit was not going to happen any quicker than the criminal case. These new allegations arose after we dismissed that civil petition to remove him from office."
Following the arrest Thursday morning, Wilson issued a plea to the public, stating that his office believes Jones accessed a law enforcement database as a constable and government employee with the intent to “harm individuals.”
“We do have good-faith basis that he accessed other information related to other individuals for a non-law enforcement purpose,” Wilson said. “I would like to ask the general public if there is anybody out there that believes they may have been subject to abusive or harassing behavior by constable Jones to please come forward and contact my chief investigator, Jeff Ward.”
Ward can be reached at (972) 825-5035.
“We are in the process of trying to identify some of these other individuals as a part of our ongoing investigation,” Wilson added.
Jones, who has served 17 years in law enforcement and is a 21-year veteran of the United States Marines, was re-elected as Ellis County Pct. 4 Constable on March 1, 2016.
*This article was updated with additional comments from Patrick Wilson. Portions of this article have been previously reported by the Daily Light.