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Barrett charged with assault, Page seeks suspension
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GROVETON — On Tuesday, June 3, Randy Barrett was arrested and charged with Assault Causing Bodily Injury to a Family Member, a Class A Misdemeanor. Authorities responded to a call from a residence off of FM 355, upon arrival, a female who had apparently been assaulted informed authorities that Barrett had left the residence. Sheriff Woody Wallace brought the Texas Rangers in to investigate the complaint. The victim, Barrett's wife, was interviewed and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Barrett cooperated with authorities and was arrested Tuesday afternoon. He posted bail that day on a $5,000 bond. Barrett is already at the scrutiny of public eye due to the recent investigation of funds missing from the office he presides over. Before the investigation was complete, the County Judge at a Commissioner's Court meeting, asked Barrett for his resignation. Barrett refused to surrender his post. Due to the recent charge, the County Judge, Doug Page, has once again asked for a leave of office, this time, with pay. In a Commissioner's Court, Regular Session, held June 9, Barrett was not present to be heard. The authority to administer a leave of office with or without pay can only come from the State Commission of Judicial Conduct, a District Court, or an impeachment process from the voters in Precinct One. If Barrett were to be removed from his post, an interim Judge would have to be appointed, and paid, until the next elected Judge could take office. According to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, a charge of this type does not constitute a suspension of office. A Felony conviction or Misdemeanor conviction-involving official misconduct, are the main reasons a suspension of office would take place by that particular state agency. Barrett has already announced that he has no intention of seeking a new term. In January of 2015 a new Justice of the Peace will be given the oath of office for Precinct One. Danny Martin has recently won the run-off for the Primary Election and is left without a Democratic opponent to face in November's General Election.