Centerville superintendent still not back to work; man no-billed on attack charge

TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - By Whitney Grunder - email

TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Centerville Superintendent Robert Welsh has not returned to work following an alleged attack from a Groveton man in April.

A felony charge against Steven Truss, 35, was dropped after a Trinity County Grand Jury no-billed him at the last meeting.

According to Kelli Karczewski, attorney for Centerville ISD, Welsh has been on "assault leave" since the incident.

Interim Superintendent Mike Ford said he could not comment on Welsh's absence, or on when he would return to school.

Truss was also charged with a misdemeanor in the alleged attack. His brother, Brian Truss, 38, of Groveton, was also charged in the incident, with misdemeanor criminal trespassing. A call to Trinity County Attorney Joe Warner Bell for comment on the status of those charges was not immediately returned.

According to a previous report, Trinity County Chief Deputy Billy Patton said the brothers confronted Welsh after an April school board meeting.

The school board meeting drew a large crowd as possible layoffs were discussed.

Patton said Steven Truss hit Welsh twice in the back of the head. Lufkin Memorial records show he was treated and released the next morning.

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