Trinity Co. JP arrested on family violence charge

Randy Barrett (Source: Trinity County Sheriff's Office)
Randy Barrett (Source: Trinity County Sheriff's Office)

TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Trinity County justice of the peace who has recently come under fire after county funds were discovered missing earlier this year has been arrested on a family violence charge.

Randy Barrett, of Groveton, is charged with misdemeanor A assault causes bodily injury family member.

According to Sheriff Woody Wallace, deputies received a call at a home on FM 355. Barrett was not there, but deputies gathered enough evidence for an arrest.

Wallace said it was clear his wife had been assaulted.

Wallace said he called a Texas Ranger to assist in the investigation. Barrett cooperated with the investigation on Monday, Wallace said, and a district judge signed the warrant for his arrest. Barrett was taken in at noon Tuesday, where he posted a $5,000 bail.

Barrett's clerk, Tamela Anne Curran, 44, of Groveton, was arrested in February after a Texas Ranger determined she had stolen $3,161 from the cash receipts in the JP office.

The Trinity County Commissioners Court asked Barrett to resign after the funds were discovered missing. The alleged Barrett had not been present at work enough.

Following that commissioners court meeting, Barrett could be seen having a tense conversation with Wallace.

"I don't dislike him as a person," Wallace said. "I just didn't like the way he was doing his job. We brought the Ranger in to show there wasn't anything I had against him. But it's always a good idea to bring in an outside agency when it concerns a public official."

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