Conroe and Magnolia, February 14 – Already under criminal indictment for alleged violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act, a criminal conviction of which would lead to his removal from office for “official misconduct,” Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley gave Montgomery County citizens a bit of reason to sign in partial relief. The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office issued a press release that they conducted an investigation, the Montgomery County Grand Jury heard some evidence, and that no further action will occur with respect to the investigation which Riley lied to voters about during the November General Election campaign.
Right before the November 6, 2018, General Election, Riley told voters in press releases and posts on social media that there was no pending investigation, while complaining to several County government employees that he was very upset about the legal fees he was spending to defend that same investigation he denied was occurring. Specifically, Riley told voters on November 3 that he was not under an investigation “by the Sheriff’s Office” when Riley knew that there was an ongoing investigation in the Montgomery County’s District Attorney’s Public Integrity Division and in the Precinct 5 Constable’s Office. Please see “Breaking News: Riley misleads voters, says not under criminal investigation when he knows he is,” The Golden Hammer, November 3, 2018.
No other media source reported the investigation, other than The Golden Hammer, although a Family of Felons from East Montgomery County did join with Riley in claiming that no ongoing investigation was proceeding.
Under Texas law, grand juries do not “no bill” or clear potential criminal defendants. In this instance, as District Attorney Brett Ligon’s press release makes clear, there was an investigation, but the Grand Jury, for some reason, determined to take no action. The reason may have been “(1) the evidence does not rise to the level of probable cause, (2) certain defenses to criminal conduct are applicable, or (3) the statute of limitations prevents moving forward on the criminal conduct.”
The full Press Release from Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon is at the bottom of this article.
For now at least, Montgomery County citizens can breathe a sigh of relief for the fact that Riley only faces one criminal indictment which could lead to his ouster from office.