Man who accused Angelina Co. commissioner says use of equipment abuse of power

Man who accused Angelina Co. commissioner says use of equipment abuse of power

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - An Angelina County man who accused a county commissioner for misuse of county equipment said the commissioner was abusing his power.

Earlier this month, Angelina County Commissioner Robert Loggins was indicted on two Class A misdemeanor charges of abuse of official capacity between $500 and $1,500.

In July, Loggins was videotaped by his neighbor Steve Lewis using county equipment which led to Loggin's arrest. Lewis said he was sitting on his front porch one July evening when he saw Loggins drive by with a maintainer. He thought it was odd and out of curiosity he jumped in his truck to check it out.

Lewis then caught Loggins on tape using county equipment. Lewis then confronted Loggins.

"It doesn't matter, it's still the county's equipment," Said Lewis.

"I know, and I shouldn't be doing it," said Loggins. " I promise you, I won't do it again."

"The issue is that he is using county equipment that should be locked up at 8 o'clock at night," Said Lewis.

Lewis said that this wasn't the first time. He said just four months prior to this Loggins used county equipment to get a tractor out that was stuck on his property. Lewis said this is why he videotaped Loggins that July evening. Despite Loggins admitting he was wrong the next day Lewis said Loggins story changed.

"All of a sudden the county is getting all this free dirt," said Lewis

He further explained that Loggins story just didn't add up. He said Loggins was using the equipment to clear a road on his family's property.

"We have to pay to have it done," said Lewis

Loggins would not comment on the matter. However, County Commissioner Scott Cooper said there are several instance were commissioner can use equipment on private property.

"Usually it's when we are maintaining drainage," said cooper. " If we have been given permission to use it or if there is any maintain that happens in the area where we are in agreement with the landowner to facilitate road repair."

"Lewis said that Loggins has been a good county commissioner.

"I have never had a problem with him. He has maintained the roads real well and taken care of his responsibilities but where does corruption start at and end at," said Lewis

In a previous East Texas News story, Angelina County Judge Wes Suiter said Loggins will remain in office.

"His term runs through 2016, so I expect he'll be in office at least until then," Suiter said.

Loggin's arraignment date has been set for October 21.

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