Former Houston Co. deputies sentenced for assault

BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - BEAUMONT, Texas – Two former Houston County Sheriff's deputies have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in the assault of a Crockett man in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Henry Doyce Gresham, Jr. 50, and Charles James Clark, 63, both residents of the Crockett area, pleaded guilty on Oct. 5, 2009, to misdemeanor assault and were sentenced on June 29, 2010 by U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin.  Gresham received 4 months in federal prison and was ordered to forfeit his service weapon and Clark was sentenced to 3 months in federal prison.

According to information presented in court, on July 11, 2008, Gresham and Clark confronted an individual at Gresham's residence before transporting him to the Davy Crockett National Forest where he was assaulted and abandoned.  Gresham's service weapon and a county-issued Tazer were used in the assault.  Gresham and Clark were indicted by a federal grand jury on Mar. 4, 2009.

This case was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jim Middleton and Frank Coan.