- Associated Press - Saturday, May 14, 2016

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) - An ex-judge in Southeast Texas has been accused of using office equipment and government employees for his personal tasks.

Former Jefferson County District Judge Layne Walker was arrested Thursday on a felony charge of abuse of official capacity, then released on his personal recognizance.

An indictment says Walker is accused of using a government computer, printer and workers for personal gain between October 2005 and January 2014.

Walker, who resigned from the bench in 2014 to return to the private sector, did not immediately return messages for comment Saturday.

Authorities say one former and two current sheriff’s deputies were also indicted on charges related to tampering with physical evidence and government records. All were also freed on their own recognizance.

The deputies have been suspended with pay.


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