Indicted Central Texas jail administrator is back on the job

Lt. Karen Porter. (Coryell County photo)
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GATESVILLE, Texas (KWTX) Coryell County Jail Administrator Lt. Karen Porter, who was placed on administrative leave after she was indicted in November 2018 on an official oppression charge, is back on the job.

The indictment stemmed from a Texas Rangers investigation that was launched after a jail inmate lodged a complaint of assault in August 2018, the details of which weren't released.

The charge is a Class A misdemeanor with a maximum punishment of one-year in jail and up to a $4,000 fine.

"I checked with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, the Texas Jail Standards Commission and our attorney and they had no issues with her returning to work,” Coryell County Sheriff Scott Williams said Friday.

“If she's going to get paid and she hasn't been convicted of any crime at this time, it's in the best interest of the taxpayer and us that she be working for that pay,” he said.