From staff reports
MARSHALL — A former Harrison County sheriff’s deputy who resigned in December amid an investigation turned himself in Saturday after being indicted by a grand jury on a charge of official oppression.
The indictment against Charles “Chase” Dotson stems from an incident in November involving Charles Collins, who was a prisoner in Dotson’s custody at the Harrison County Jail Annex, according to a statement by Harrison County District Attorney Reid McCain.
“In that incident, it is alleged that Dotson, acting under the color of his employment as a Harrison County deputy sheriff, unlawfully mistreated the prisoner by hitting him in the face and on his head,” Reid said. “Although the prisoner did not initially file a complaint, administrators with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office learned of the incident and immediately suspended Dotson from his duties as a deputy.
“They later contacted the Texas Rangers, who conducted an investigation. Texas Ranger Josh Mason, who is stationed in Bowie County, conducted the investigation that led to Dotson’s resignation from the sheriff’s office and the case being presented to the grand jury.”
Official oppression is a Class A misdemeanor that is punishable by up to one year in the county jail or a fine not to exceed $4,000 — or both.
A civil case against 28-year-old Dotson, filed Collins, also is pending in Marshall’s federal court.