Former Smith County Constable pleads guilty to class-A misdemeanor

TYLER (KYTX) -- Former Smith County Constable Dustin Rust pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor Wednesday afternoon, bringing an end to a long running legal drama revolving around his alleged creation and operation of an illegal security company using county equipment.

The class-A misdemeanor was one of ten counts on which Rust was indicted for not having a license for his security company.

Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham asked the court to drop the other nine counts as part of Rust's agreement to a one year prison term which would be probated for two years. That would be a final conviction.

Bingham asked the court to dismiss a third-degree felony theft charge against Rust, saying the evidence supported a felony case, but Rust's prompt payment of restitution and resigning from office was enough to convince the District Attorney's office that the crime would be best charged as a misdemeanor.

Rust's guilty plea to that charge was in exchange for two years of differed adjudication. That will not a final conviction.

Rust's TCLEOSE (law enforcement) license will be revoked for up to ten years.


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