Incident at Little League game leads to Bailey County judge arrest, indictment
PARMER COUNTY, Texas (KCBD) - Bailey County Judge Sherri Harrison, 56, has been arrested on charges of official oppression, providing alcohol to a minor, and criminal trespass.
Harrison was booked into the Parmer County Jail on a $1,500 bond for the three charges. She is set to be released on personal recognizance.
The indictment released on Thursday says Harrison is accused of “mistreatment” of a particular defendant in May of this year, telling this defendant she would “make sure her partner got jail time.”
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In June of this year, Bailey County Attorney Michaela Kee filed a petition in the Bailey County District Court to remove Harrison from her position after allegations were made about “incompetence, official misconduct, and habitual drunkenness,” the petition states.
Kee said Harrison signed at least three warrants that were deemed unconstitutional because body cam video showed Harrison was drunk when she signed them..
Among the allegations in the 85-page document, Kee claims Judge Harrison drunkenly harassed parents and children at a Little League game in May.
Kee stated in her petition that she was filing on behalf of the public interest and demanded a jury trial to “ensure the protection of the public and public interest in the execution of the duties of the Bailey County Judge.”
Harrison has been Bailey County Judge since March 2005. In the recent primary, Harrison lost her seat to Basil Nash by 43 votes. She is set to leave office in January.
In Texas, a county judge is the top administrator for county government.
We’ll continue to update this story as more details are released.
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