IssuesLocal NewsSmith County Constable Facing Theft, Oppression Charges Arrested Again on Suspicion of Bail Violation

Before the end of Constable Curtis Harris’ first year in office, prosecutors accused him of theft, abuse of office, and official oppression.
May 18, 2022
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A Smith County constable who has been indicted on charges of abuse of official capacity, official oppression, and property theft is back in jail on suspicion of violating the conditions of his bond.

Local media reported that Constable Curtis Harris (D-Precinct 1) and others working for him are accused of stealing items from a tenant who was receiving an eviction notice while the resident was not home.

One of the conditions of his bond was that he stay within Smith County, but the 34-year-old constable was allegedly seen in a video receiving a diploma at a May 10 police academy graduation ceremony at Navarro College in Corsicana.

CBS 19 reported that the video depicts him in full uniform at the ceremony.

Consequently, state district Judge Jack Skeen Jr. increased Harris’ bail from $10,000 to $500,000.

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Sergeant Larry Christian, the sheriff’s public information officer, told The Texan on Monday afternoon that Harris was arrested by the adult probation office and booked at 11:51 a.m. on Friday.

Christian explained that Harris was transferred to the Gregg County jail due to his position as a law enforcement officer, per standard practice.

Harris was still in custody as of Monday afternoon and his bond was increased to $500,000.

Harris took office as constable in January of last year. His chief deputy, LaQuenda Banks, and a sergeant in his department, Derrick Holman, are also facing charges.

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Hayden Sparks

Hayden Sparks is a reporter for The Texan. He has coached high school competitive speech and debate and has also been involved in community theater and politics. A native Texan, Hayden served as a delegate at the Republican Party of Texas Convention in 2016. He is on track to receive a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Liberty University. In his free time, Hayden is known to take walks around the neighborhood while listening to random music on Spotify.