Liberty County constable arrested

John Joslin, constable of Precinct 6 in Liberty County, is led into court.
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John Joslin, constable of Precinct 6 in Liberty County, was arrested Jan. 25, 2016. He’s charged with the offense of perjury in an ongoing investigation by the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office, Beaumont Police Department, and the Texas Rangers.

Joslin was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury.

The charge stems from a sworn statement Joslin gave to investigators in reference to the Michael Gelagotis investigation. Joslin’s statement was that Gelagotis never worked extra law enforcement jobs for Joslin. Investigation found this sworn statement by Joslin to be untrue and that indeed Gelagotis did cover an extra job for Joslin.

Oct. 21, 2015, a Jefferson County grand jury indicted Gelagotis — who is not a police officer — for impersonating a public servant and unlawful possession of body armor. According to Public Data, Gelagotis was arrested in April 2008 for evading arrest with a motor vehicle in Beaumont. Just two months later, he was arrested for impersonating a public servant. Gelagotis was sentenced in July 2009 to probation for a period of 10 years and a $1,000 court fine for the impersonation charge that was to run concurrent with a five-year probation sentence for the evasion case. Gelagotis was still on probation for impersonating a public servant when he was again allegedly caught in the act in 2015.

Joslin was arraigned before Judge Larry Gist on Jan. 25 and his bond was set at bond $5,000. The charge is a Class A Misdemeanor carrying a possible punishment of up to one year in jail or a fine up to $4,000 or both.

This is an ongoing criminal investigation. If anyone has information on crimes involving public integrity issues or public integrity crimes, they are urged to call the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office and speak to an investigator in the Public Integrity Division.

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