Carthage, Tx (Longview News-Journal) — Two months after being sworn into office, Panola County Sheriff Ron Clinton was arrested Thursday in a public corruption investigation involving possible theft, abuse of power and fraud.
Texas Rangers and the FBI arrested Clinton.
Department of Public Safety Trooper Jean Dark says Clinton, 48, faces charges of tampering with a government record defraud/harm, abuse of official capacity and theft by a public servant. He's free on $50,000 bond. Clinton did not immediately return a message for comment Friday.
A statement provided Friday by the sheriff's department in Carthage said two outside agencies conducted the investigation and to contact Texas Rangers. The Texas Rangers are part of DPS, which didn't immediately return a message Friday.
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