Temple Mayor Pro Tem Judy Morales announced her resignation Thursday morning. (Photo by Nick Delgado)
TEMPLE (April 10, 2014) Former Temple Mayor Pro-Tem Judy Morales was sentenced to deferred adjudication probation Wednesday after she pleaded no contest to destroying or altering a public document.
Morales was sentenced in Bell County Court-at-Law Number 2, where the judge also ordered her to serve 24 hours of public service, pay a $750 fine and almost $240 in court costs.
Bell County Attorney Jim Nichols said he felt the sentence was both just and lenient because Morales has no prior criminal history.
The judge could have sent Morales to County Jail for up to 180 days and fined her up to $4,000 on the class-B misdemeanor charge.
Morales resigned from Temple City Council on March 20, saying she thought her resignation was “best for the community”.
Temple Mayor Danny Dunn and Councilmembers Perry Cloud, Russell Schneider and Tim Davis called on Morales during an emergency meeting earlier that week to resign, but Morales declined, and instead requested the public hearing.
Dunn said that Morales had been untruthful and that the allegations against her made it hard for the council to do business.
The charge stems from an investigation of allegations that Morales directed an employee at the publicly-funded Temple HELP Center, where she served as director until last fall, to delete emails and documents linked to use of county equipment and personnel for campaign purposes when she ran for city council in 2011.