Dustin Rust posts bond, will 'return to work as normal' | News
SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV)- A Smith County Constable turned himself in to the Smith County Jail just hours after warrants were issued for his arrest. And, he bonded out just over an hour later.
Constable Dustin Rust turned himself in Tuesday evening to the Smith County Jail. Rust was accompanied by several other people, including his father, Donn Rust.
Dustin Rust told our news crew on the scene that he "would see you guys on the way out."
Constable Rust says he's prepared to fight the three charges, "If I did something, I would assure you I would have walked away with one of their deals. I haven't done anything."
Rust is accused of illegally running a private security business, using his deputies to patrol the area in county issued vehicles. He was indicted Monday.
"There was no security business," Rust says, "That's what I'm trying to get to people. These were officers working in their off duty capacity, just like everybody else does at the banks, at whatever events, football games. Those are all officers working in an off duty capacity. That's all the were doing. There was no money that came to me. There was no money that came to Smith County."
Financially, Rust says he gained nothing from his deputies working security jobs.
When asked if he broke any laws, Constable Rust responded, "No, I have not, and hopefully this will make it to trial. The goal now is to get it to go to trial and hopefully they won't try to start dismissing things before it gets to that point. It's going to be a long drawn out battle. It's not over."
Rust was adamant he would turn himself in once the arrest warrants were ready. And he did, Tuesday evening.
"I don't know what's next," Rust said, "Hey, I may go to prison. I don't know. Maybe I'll get re-elected and we can work through this and we'll keep going, I don't know."
As for now, the accusations stand and it appears the charges aren't going away, at least not anytime soon.
Monday night Constable Rust said "It's not what it seems. We're going to trial. They've offered me many, many deals to try to get out of this. I'm willing to sacrifice my law enforcement career to bring out the truth in Smith County."
Constable Rust posted bond Tuesday evening, just over an hour after turning himself in. He says the conditions of his bond are no drugs and alcohol, and of course, to obey they law.
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