KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A Central Texas justice of the peace is facing calls for his resignation after accusations he stole money from a youth organization.
Anthony Kendrick filed the small claims petition on Aug. 29.
The petition alleges “theft by deception” against Daryl Peters, who is currently serving as Justice of the Peace for Precinct 4, Place 1.
Kendrick alleges Peters took $2,300 from the K-Town Raptors organization. That money, given to Peters as cash, was supposed to be used by Peters to pay referees during a jamboree game in 2018 and last month.
“Those referees said they’ve never received any money for any scrimmages and every time they do scrimmages it is free,” Kendrick told KWTX. “With him taking this money from these kids, whom I help out here, I had to expose him.”
One of the referees, who did not want to be identified, talked about the message this accusation is sending.
“It is shocking. It is surprising. I don’t want the community or kids to be affected by adults making mistakes. We are teaching our youth to better people when they get older, but we have to lead by example as well,” the referee said.
With the accusations, Kendrick is also calling on Peters to step down in his role as justice of the peace and position within the football organization.
“I would like to see Mr. Peters resign as justice of the peace,” Kendrick stated.
In text messages given to KWTX, when confronted about the missing money, Peters tells Kendrick to “file your paperwork in court.”
Kendrick – who says Peters was once his mentor and friend - says that decision did not come easy.
“It hurt me to my heart that i had to do it. I really had to sleep on it but i told myself what i do for these kids, its things that people did for me that kept me out of jail,” he said.
He also claims Peters told him the money instead was donated to a local soup kitchen, but the claim he says cannot be verified.
When reached out for comment Wednesday at his Killeen office, Peters said he had been advised not to comment, instead he will wait until this process plays itself out.
Peters took over as JP for Precinct 4, Place 1 after Claudia Brown was ousted from her role by a jury back in February.