UPDATE: Constable Dustin Rust booked in and released from jail

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POSTED: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 8:52am

UPDATED: Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 11:07am

UPDATE: Smith County Precinct 3 Constable Dustin Rust was booked in to the Smith Couny Jail on April 17th, just before 6:00pm, and was released less than 30 minutes later.

In reaction to the interview Constable Rust gave KETK on Tuesday morning, Judge Jack Skeen has issued a gag order that applies to those involved in this case.

KETK will have more updates for you throughout the day on this developing story.

TUESDAY UPDATE: KETK was first to interview Smith County Precinct 3 Constable Dustin Rust following Monday's indictment.

On Tuesday morning, KETK met with Constable Rust, who told reporter Roger Gray that he will fight all charges, though he is not certain exactly what those charges are.

Rust tells KETK, he expects that he will be arrested Tuesday. He also believes that will most likely be given a high bond, but has not yet decided if he will bond out of jail.

During Tuesday's interview, Constable Rust said that the whole situation is politically motivated, and that the Smith County District Attorney's office wants to take away his ability to serve as a peace officer. He believes that the DA's office wants him removed because he "makes too many waves".

KETK's Roger Gray has been covering this story since it began. Check back to KETK throughout the day for more updates.

MONDAY: Precinct 3 Constable Dustin Rust went before a grand jury today.

And he has been indicted.

This is the latest wrinkle in the investigation that centers around off-duty security work done by his deputies at the Precinct.

About a month ago,  District Attorney Matt Bingham turned the case over to a special prosecutor, attorney Lance Larison of Longview.

Rust has contended all along that the state rules and regulations regarding private work done by law enforcement, were met.

KETK has obtained a copy of a communication from special prosecutor Lance Larison to the last of the 4 deputies Monty Ward, telling him he will not be prosecuted, but warning that if he talks to the press, he may be charged after all.

This sword of Damocles over the heads of the 4 deputies, leaves only Dustin Rust to possibly be charged.

And today he was.

Late in the day, KETK learned he had been charged with 2 felonies and a misdemeanor, including misuse of county equipment.

KETK contacted the special prosecutor for a comment, but he has not responded.

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It certainly is political. Just look at what all has happened.

I have only met Dustin Rust once, and that was at a traffic stop. He was polite and courteous, very unlike the regular police in Troup. I believe that the police (???) in Troup view the public as their enemies. They have forgotten that service to the public is in their job description. I have heard of, and been exposed to a number of illegal and innappropriate actions by these thugs. Perhaps they can learn something from Dustin Rust?

Dustin wants everyone to think he is the victim. But Dustin was not even eligible to be Constable of Pct.3. He lived in Pct. 1 when he ran for constable 4 years ago. He and his wife lived on Spring Street in pct. 1 but claimed that they lived with his father in Pct. 3, even though he owned a home in Tyler. This tells you all you need to know about Dustin and Don Rust. They believe that they are above the law.

roger gray needs to talk to this "special prosecutor" and see if his arrest record for three dwi is under gag order too!!!!!! how is he on the case with those kind of charges against him?????

It's called being a Targeted Individual (TI) and it's usually the tin star tweakers whom are administering it upon a citizen, however, it's good to see it being used against/upon one of the holders of the shiny, precious badge for a change and, don't worry, everything WILL go wrong with your life at once, but, the unending pervasive acts of disrespect will also drive you crazy, so, you won't notice it much after you lose your mind.

I don't think there is a coincidence that this all came about right before we are about to vote (May 29). I still believe a person is innocent until proven guilty and I still plan on voting for Dustin Rust and Donn Rust if their names are still on the ballot in May.

I am also voting for both unless and until they are proven guilty. Regardless of anyone's personal opinion, Dustin's record in getting his work done (serving papers, etc.) has been above any other Constable's in the county. Dustin and Donn don't mind challenging the status quo- even if I don't always agree with Dustin and Donn, the good ole boys need a challenge somewhere!

Of course this is political. Rust is apparently not a member of Bingham's "good ole boy" network.

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