CARTHAGE (May 17, 2013)—Panola County Sheriff Ron Clinton, who took office in January, has resigned after pleading guilty to a tampering charge.
He was sentenced to three years of probation.
Clinton was arrested on Feb. 28 on charges of tampering with a government record, abuse of official capacity and theft by a public servant after he failed to repay the county a $1,000 travel advance to attend a conference.
Clinton pleaded guilty Thursday to the tampering count.
A judge accepted the plea, but withheld a finding of guilt and put Clinton on three years of deferred adjudication probation.
His record will be cleared if he successfully completes probation.
Clinton must repay the $1,000.
Other charges will be dropped.
County commissioners promoted Chief Deputy Kevin Lake to serve as sheriff until the November 2014 election.