Midland constable pleads guilty, remains in office

Midland constable pleads guilty, remains in office

MIDLAND COUNTY, TX (KWES) - A Midland constable has pleaded guilty to charges from 2014. He's surrendered his license and right to carry, but he's still in office and it's possible he'll be re-elected.

Midland County Constable for precinct 3, Theodore "Ted" Macklin pleaded no contest for a misdemeanor charge of official oppression and was sentenced to 120 days in jail and six months of probation.

Midland County Judge, Mike Bradford, said Macklin also surrendered his Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) license.

In 2014 Macklin was indicted for official oppression and assault.

Court documents said a man accused Macklin of hitting him in the face with a closed fist while he was representing his position with the county.

After Macklin's guilty plea this week, he turned in his credentials which include his license to carry and his badge.

Macklin notified the county he will be retiring at the end of the month.

Midland County has not yet decided now Macklin's replacement will be handled.

An agenda item has been made to discuss this during the next commissioner's court meeting, August 26.

Bradford said Macklin is still on the ballot for the next election and it is possible he can win re-election.

In August Macklin was accused of hitting his girlfriend in the face and charged with assault

It is still unclear when Macklin will face the two assault charges, if he hasn't already.

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