Local officer involved in Denton County sheriff bribery investigation

By Brandon Evans | Published Saturday, August 17, 2013

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The Texas Rangers are investigating a possible bribery case involving the Denton County sheriff, a former political opponent of the sheriff and a former deputy.

The former deputy, Kevin Bragg, is currently serving as a Runaway Bay police officer.

Bragg is involved in a nearly four-year legal battle with the Denton County Sheriff’s Office. The case alleges wrongdoing by former sheriff Benny Parkey. Bragg also alleges he was wrongfully terminated after acting as a whistleblower.

In the new criminal investigation, court documents suggest the new sheriff, William Travis, offered Bragg a position with the department if he would drop the current civil suit.

An affidavit contained an email allegedly from Travis to Bragg indicating possible bribery.

“If you did file a suit and you wanted to come back to work at Denton County Sheriff’s Office, a couple of things need to be done. The lawsuit has to be dropped, and I have to see a judgment reflecting this by Nov. 5, 2012,” read the email.

The former political opponent is Jesse Flores, who ran against Travis in the Republican primary last May.

Travis allegedly told Flores he would give him a job in the sheriff’s department if he dropped out of the race, according to Bragg’s account in court documents.

Last year Travis won the election with 54 percent of the vote, while Parkey, the incumbent, took 35 percent. Flores came in a distant third with 11 percent.

Local Texas Ranger Jim Holland has led the investigation into the alleged bribery.

Travis told Holland that he made no job offer to Flores in exchange for dropping out of the race. He added that the communications with Bragg were a “misunderstanding.” Flores has also denied that Travis attempted to bribe him.

The case is still under investigation.

2 Responses to “Local officer involved in Denton County sheriff bribery investigation”

  1. says:

    I have been very impressed with Sheriff Travis. In an email awhile back I told him I wanted to make a campaign contribution. He replied that he did not accept contributions but only wanted those that felt he was doing a good job to vote for his reelection…I cannot envision a scenario where such a person would shrink from defending his public record in the election process.

    As for hiring anyone that has an ongoing lawsuit against the county…no person should consider hiring someone that is suing them or those they represent. I think that a standard reply to the litigant might be to get that case settled before you bother me again. That’s not a bribe.

  2. says:

    That’s the nature of not only the sheriff’s office but the county as a whole. They have a very dirty history of skirting around laws they find inconvenient or think they can get away with. And if they are ever called out on it they have no problem illegally retaliating against that individual. Mr. Braggs, I’m sure, was one of those individuals who saw wrongdoing and was brave enough to actually say something about it. But unfortunately, once the Denton County mafia finds out about one of these independent thinkers, they are soon out the door.

    The new sheriff did seem like a nice guy, but I hear Bernie Madoff was too. I hope Denton County’s day’s of corruption and Mafioso tactics will soon come to an end. Good luck Mr. Braggs!


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