POSTED: Monday, December 16, 2013 - 7:08pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 30, 2013 - 12:43pm
KETK last week told you about the controversies surrounding the appointment of the Cherokee County Attorney to fill out the term of a judge whose seat she is running for.
Now, here’s what we have learned about the resignation of Cherokee County Court at Law Judge Craig Fletcher, the move that created the opening in the first place.
It goes back to a case involving charges of indecency with a child lodged against former Rusk I.S.D. school nurse Rebecca Blankinship.
After serving her sentence and being paroled, according to sources, she sought a change in parole status to allow for more custodial time with her child.
Two sources have told KETK that the allegation was, that the order making the changes was signed by Judge Fletcher, but using the signature of District Court Judge Bascom Bentley.
The sources say that the reason for the intervention was a rumored relationship between Fletcher and Blankenship.
The District Attorney was tipped off, she called the Texas Rangers and an investigation ensued.
Fletcher retained Tyler Defense Attorney Buck Files, and a plea agreement was reportedly reached wherein Fletcher would resign.