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Jacksonville, Texas police officer sentenced to 12 years for RAPE and RETALIATION; Victim put on trial by County Attorney, Other Awarded $300,000

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Jacksonville, Texas, the economic center and largest city in Cherokee County, faces several lawsuits from the actions of convicted rapist and former police officer Larry Pugh. Not only did the rogue officer sexually assault several of his traffic stops during the course of working for the city of Jacksonville, he beat and tasered a black gentleman and his pregnant wife during the 2004 “Tomato Bowl Brawl.” Pugh was recently sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for sexual assault while in uniform and retaliating against a witness after the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department alerted him to the federal complaints. Despite nine (9) of his alleged rapes being ignored by the city of Jacksonville, Texas and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department, the city will not be held liable by Pugh’s last victim who barely survived being attacked a second time by the predator cop.

Jacksonville, TX exemplary policeman; months later convicted rapist and linked to missing Athens, TX woman’s corpse.

The retaliation charge comes from Officer Pugh being notified about his last victim’s plea to the Cherokee County District Attorney’s office. DA Investigator Joe Evans comments at Pugh’s civil trial that the rogue officer was “one of the coldest interviewees in Evans’ 40 years of law enforcement.” Articles suggest Pugh had over 30 women throughout East Texas file RAPE charges against him; the first investigation began with the Department of Justice. No investigation required by Cherokee County; the Cherokee County District Attorney’s office waited for Larry Pugh until his federal indictment a la’ Bailiff Randall Thompson (sentenced to 10 + years for making meth for distribution).

According to the May 24, 2007 issue of the Jacksonville Daily Progress, U.S. District Judge Michael Schneider saved the city by blocking a civil suit brought by Pugh’s last victim (a total of 8 women claimed rape in the lawsuit). The case against the City of Jacksonville and the chief of police was stopped by Summary Judgment. Investigator Joe Evans began to “interview” the other 8 victims. Evans later testified he interviewed over 30 of Pugh’s victims.

Victim statements were created after Larry Pugh’s racially motivated beating of Mr. Larry Hinton of Jacksonville and Hinton was exonerated after being put on trial by Joe Evan’s bosses in the Cherokee County court. Despite Pugh’s federal indictments, Cherokee County brought charges and tried one of Pugh’s victims.

The Tyler Morning Telegraph reports on June 20, 2007 that Officer Larry Pugh had  been linked to the skeletal remains of a missing Athens, TX woman who moved to Cherokee County and disappeared in May 2006. The article cites that another missing woman that encountered Pugh has yet to be found.

Nacogdoches, TX:
The Daily Sentinel
confirms that remains found in the Angelina National Forest are in fact those of one of Jacksonville Texas patrolman Larry Pugh’s victims who was slated to testify against the rapist Cherokee County officer, while Pugh was out on federal bond (pending his federal rape and retaliation trial). No reports on the woman’s remains by local Rusk or Jacksonville, TX newspaper or media outlets. Last year, the new Jacksonville, TX police chief Daniel Reese defended Larry Pugh to the Jacksonville Daily Progress, saying the victims that “disappeared under suspicious circumstances” was “speculation” on the part of out of region media. The fact is Larry Pugh probably did not act alone in his disposal of federal witnesses. 

Additional civil suits are still pending against the city, however due to former Jacksonville police officer Larry Pugh’s illegal activities. You have to do intricate internet research to find out a federal trial actually took place in the federal courts and that the jury voted in favor of the victim in U.S. District Judge Schneider’s trial. The jury would have also voted to hold the city of Jacksonville, Texas and Cherokee County liable had the judge allowed it.

The Wednesday June 13, 2007 issue of the Tyler News reports that former JPD officer Larry Pugh’s last rape victim was awarded $300,000 in punitive damages. Hard to collect from a convicted ex-officer.  Cherokee County District Attorney Investigator Joe Evans testified at the federal trial about “investigating” Officer Pugh’s other rape victims. Obviously the Rusk, TX Cherokeean Herald will not mention the victim’s victory in court in the June 13, 2007 issue keeping the simple norm of NOT reporting anything negative about the Cherokee County District Attorney office’s failure to render aid to victims of violent crime.

Despite Pugh’s past, he was employed by the city of Jacksonville, TX as a peace officer. Despite over 35 complaints of sexual assault throughout Pugh’s law enforcement career, Cherokee County law enforcement produced DA Investigator Joe Evans at Pugh’s sentencing. Officer Pugh was said to had used the Freedom of Information Act to locate the majority of his complainants, several he had arrested on drug charges in the past after he raped them. Evans testified that he had “interviewed” the majority of Pugh’s victims, however it took the federal government to actually stop Pugh’s appetite for destruction.

Remember, Cherokee County does not arrest its own officers for anything; Pugh was therefore assisted by local law enforcement in locating those who had filed police reports or visited the Rape Crisis Center in Jacksonville, Texas.

Larry Pugh would not have been also been charged with RETALIATION had he not been personally informed about the multiple victims’ complaints to the Jacksonville Texas police department and the FBI. Pugh’s police brutality sanctioned by Cherokee County, Texas does not just include raping homeless drug addicts living on the streets; those are easy prey. Pugh focused his attention on less prominent black residents in the community, where he could start a violent incident at random when finding his victims in a public place, knowing the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department would back his every move.

The “Tomato Bowl Brawl” was a race riot that occurred at the Jacksonville, TX high school football stadium and homecoming in October 2004. What began as juvenile rough housing, turned into a full blown race riot, complete with tasers, pepper spray and billy clubs. Fellow officer Larry Pugh beat several black attendees in the parking lot. A gentleman named Larry Hinton escorted his pregnant wife to their car, when the fighting broke out. He was by attacked and tasered by JPD Officer Pugh, his front teeth knocked out and his pregnant wife maced. Mr. Hinton was later charged with “interfering” with a police round-up. Mr. Hinton was actually put on trial by the Cherokee County attorney Craig Caldwell.

Mr. Hinton and others filed a federal lawsuit and excessive force suits against the city of Jacksonville. Jacksonville recently “settled” the lawsuits pending from Larry Pugh’s actions during the Tomato Bowl Brawl, after the exoneration of Mr. Hinton and other black citizens filed class action police brutality suits. The Cherokee County media reported on Larry Hinton’s “public misconduct” trial after concerned citizens took to the Rusk, TX courthouse steps in protest. During the same time Cherokee County District Attorney’s office was “interviewing the 25-30 witnesses, including women who claimed they had been raped by Pugh and people they had told, including ministers and police officers, which substantiated their claims.”

The bogus Larry Hinton criminal trial took place AFTER Officer Larry Pugh was arrested and incarcerated for sexual assaulting women while in uniform. Mr. Hinton was later acquitted, as was a 13 year old girl, the center of the altercation. Cherokee County officers had “arrested” and kicked the junior high girl, when fellow citizens jumped into the fray created by Cherokee County officers. Mr. Hinton had simply refused Officer Pugh’s request that he lay down while his front teeth got kicked out. Hinton’s wife was punched and knocked down during the melee. Supporters for Mr. Larry Hinton took to the steps of the Cherokee County courthouse to demonstrate the community’s zero tolerance for police brutality.

Cherokee County Attorney Craig Caldwell, who tried Larry Hinton, stated to the media that the Jacksonville Police Department “got control of the situation” and “they did a good job for the city that night.” Caldwell’s statements come after Hinton’s acquittal and officer Pugh’s federal indictments for rape.

Craig Caldwell’s statements come after Mr. Hinton’s testimony on how his jaw was broken that night in October 2004.

These statements on what a “good job” the Cherokee County peace officers did that night inciting a race riot. A riot the taxpayers of the city Jacksonville, Texas will be paying for years to come. Very little mention of the fact that Officer Larry Pugh pleaded guilty to one count of retaliation and two counts of civil rights violations in the local media. Those following the case will have to go to the Department of Justice’s website and press releases to find out that Larry Pugh was sentenced to 12 years confinement in federal prison. The case was prosecuted by the US Attorney’s office. One complaint by a white woman whom Pugh threatened to kill after having forced sex with her, apparently got the attention of the US Attorney’s office; several excessive force complaints were ignored, including his actions during the October 2004 homecoming beatings.


Missing rape victims Shunte Coleman (l) and Terri Reyes (r),  of Larry Pugh’s “good job” according to County Attorney Craig Caldwell.

The good news is that city of Jacksonville, TX and the family of Larry Hinton “settled” the civil rights class action suit for an undisclosed amount and Larry Pugh is settling in good at the federal prison where he can continue to “do a good job” for Cherokee County. And Pugh’s last rape victim, though unable to collect a settlement from a convicted rapist, was awarded $300,000 for pain and suffering. After being raped and then almost murdered after Pugh was notified and totally cognizant about her complaints to the Cherokee County District Attorney’s office. Pugh actually testified that the rape victim “had a bad reputation.”As a footnote, the Palestine Herald-Press almost gets to reporting about Larry Pugh’s federal civil rights violations in neighboring Cherokee County and indictment in 2006.

The Tyler News also reports that entire incident from both the victim’s perspective and Larry Pugh’s arrogant denial of the charges. He states he took the federal plea to spend 12 years in prison “to protect” his family, while denying the fact that other federal witnesses (including Cherokee County DA investigator Joe Evans) testified about being raped.
Read at URL: http://www.tylerpaper.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007706130312
The Jacksonville Daily Progress was recently awarded three (3) AMPE prizes for its coverage of rogue elements within the Jacksonville  Texas Police Department. Good going Daily Progress, the light is beginning to shine. The National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) has established a hotline and a secure website for victims of teen dating violence, for situations like those ongoing in Cherokee County. The Helpline is available 24 hrs at 1-866-331-9474 (TTY 866-331-8453) and at http://www.loveisrespect.org/

It took the US Attorney’s office and the FBI to stop Jacksonville, Texas police officer Larry Pugh for continuing his sexual assaults on women driving through Cherokee County. According to the National Census of Domestic Violence Services (NCDVS) Survey show the counties of Anderson and Cherokee have miserable ratings based on the number of victims’ service requests.

As a footnote, The Jacksonville Daily Progress reports in its May 24, 2007 issue that Larry Pugh’s rape victim cannot proceed with her federal civil suit against the city of Jacksonville, TX.


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  1. Is there a reason y’all associated that protest picture with those people to this article about Larry Pugh? Because I know for a fact that protest had absolutely nothing to do with this…and they were not there to “support” anyone – I know because I was there…you need to remove that photo. You are misleading in media coverage…get your pictures and articles straight or else this whole site just looks like a big joke.


    06/22/2014 at 3:52 AM

    • The article is about County Attorney Craig Caldwell taking his marching orders from a corrupted District Attorney’s office under Elmer Beckworth.
      Caldwell, in misdemeanor court, prosecuted Jacksonville resident Larry Hinton under what would otherwise be FELONY charges of assaulting a public servant (Officer Larry Pugh) during the 2004 Tomato Bowl brawl. The protest around the Rusk, TX courthouse in the picture you refer to was successful enough that Larry Hinton was found Not Guilty; the signs read “JPD & DA Preponderance of the Evidence” and “JPD needs investigating,” etc. Hinton’s jaw was broken and his pregnant wife pepper-sprayed during the melee’, including a teenage girl.
      Moving felony cases into the Court at Law has been a favorite ploy of the Cherokee County District Courts for quite a long time.
      In fact, District Judge Bascom Bentley is currently facing a reprimand hearing by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct for moving Rusk sex offender Rebecca Blankinship’s 2012 order to dismiss probation into County Judge Craig Fletcher’s court.

      Cherokee County, Texas

      06/22/2014 at 11:11 AM

  2. I have nothing good to say about the Cherokee County District Attorneys office !


    06/22/2014 at 7:23 AM

  3. And we are suppose to trust police and all he gets is 12 years that’s about right

    dot evans

    06/22/2014 at 12:22 PM

  4. Prayers for all the victims…may they find peace one day soon!!
    Cherokee County & Jacksonville Police offices all need to be cleaned out & new people brought in!! This is one of the most corrupt & “brother in blue” protecting county around! It’s so sad to see this small county be so screwed up!! The drug epidemic around this county is beyond upsetting & apparently ya can’t count on the police or judges to [do] their jobs.

    Brandy Wilson

    06/23/2014 at 2:43 AM

  5. I agree. The protest photo really doesn’t fit. Plus … it’s my photo and I never gave permission for you to use it. Please take it down.


    03/21/2015 at 10:59 AM

  6. The Jacksonville Daily Progress reported the courthouse protest against the Jacksonville Police Department, Elmer Beckworth’s, Craig Caldwell’s et al, misconduct. The protest occurred during the Larry Hinton trial in which Craig Caldwell could not call his star witness Larry Pugh. Though each may have had their own agenda, it doesn’t appear in the pictures the protesters are upset with the city Dog Catcher.

  7. Jacksonville don’t need on the map this way.

    Leslie Moore

    05/29/2016 at 10:20 AM

  8. It’s actually pretty fucked up how he went for si long doing this and the county decided to turn the other cheek instead of doing something about it you know jacksonvill is a full of shit and I can’t belive I was born in this place where people would do ‘favors’ for each other and get away with it.. how could you but yet go around lieing to people your the good guys I bet yall are stealing everyone money to.. will not raise my son there where shit like this happen fuck everyone that had to do this and the mayor for not stepping in and the stupid judge for only giving him 12 years pitiful people in jacksonville time to stand up and fight for what’s right even with the pay rate in town the pay rate there so little time to fight for that too!!!!


    05/29/2016 at 3:33 PM

    • This town is still living with a slave mentality, I am so glad that I got out. How did this man get away for so long.. He still got away. what is 12 years.


      06/09/2016 at 8:46 AM

    • ”pay rate in town” wtf does that have to do with anything?

      Bobbie Blackman

      06/18/2016 at 10:05 PM

  9. Watch the new chef he hates people with familys and kids not the right person for the job very arrogant I know from experience this guy is a joke talks big never shows or backs up what he says get him out and get someone with class


    11/10/2016 at 8:13 PM

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