Former New Summerfield, TX Police Chief arrested for child porn
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Cherokee County’s favorite unlicensed gypsy cop Michael Meissner was arrested by Dallas County authorities Monday September 14, 2009 on seven felony counts of child pornography, promoting underage prostitution, organized crime and allegedly soliciting nude pictures of teenage boys via explicit text messages on MySpace. He is currently in Dallas County jail under a $1.5 million bail. (Source: Star-Telegram September 15, 2009)
Michael Chase Meissner in custody
Michael Meissner was hired by the city of New Summerfield, TX in early March 2007 as Chief of Police, even though his Peace Officer’s certification was cancelled a year earlier on top of his documented history of moonlighting despite TCLEOSE reprimands in over 16 different jurisdictions. The city of New Summerfield also failed to properly vet the gypsy cop prior to his employment. Or did they?
Meissner’s tenure in Cherokee County law enforcement was short lived, but nonetheless defended by those who hired him. The Cherokee County media continues to refer as Meissner as “a licensed Texas Peace Officer,” even though TCLEOSE reprimanded him on his bogus peace officer’s certification weeks before Cherokee County rolled out the welcome mat for him. (Source: Athens Daily Review January 27, 2007)
The fact is Michael Meissner would still be operating under the radar in tiny New Summerfield, TX and his actions completely buried by the local Cherokee County media, had it not been for the diligence of those out of the region who actually investigated, exposed and eventually arrested him. Michael Meissner was hired by Cherokee County because of his past and his proclivities. He would have been appointed to Deputy Constable in a matter of months after his hire.
More on this story as it develops.
Three felony charges (obstruction, retaliation and organized crime) against Meissner in Dallas County were dropped in September 25, 2009 according to KWTX Waco. He faces the remaining charges in Tarrant County, where prosecutors have not filed (Source: Temple Daily Telegram September 25, 2009). Meissner resigned in early August from his police chief position in Little River-Academy, TX, after complaints about his conduct surfaced. Meissner has been released pending the ongoing investigation in Tarrant County.