Texas parole officer gets 18 months for bribery

Gavel - KXAN File
Gavel - KXAN File

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas prison system parole officer has been sentenced to 18 months behind bars for accepting bribes from ex-inmates in drug cases in exchange for lax oversight.

A federal judge in Houston on Wednesday sentenced 35-year-old April Carson, who was a Texas Department of Criminal Justice parole officer in Houston. She pleaded guilty last August to a bribery-related count.

Investigators previously said the case involved payoffs to let parolees continue their illegal drug trafficking and distribution.

Prosecutors say Carson in October 2012 accepted $2,000 from a parolee to allow him to travel while under her supervision. Further details on the man weren’t immediately released.

Texas prison officials Wednesday did not immediately provide information on Carson’s employment status.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

KXAN.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

blog comments powered by Disqus