Dallas- www.dallasnews.com- Mike Dupree, who resigned as a Dallas County constable in 2007, has sued some of his former employees saying they conspired to boot him from office so they could keep working at strip clubs.
Dupree, the former Precinct 5 constable, filed his lawsuit March 25.
The problem is, the agreement he signed with the county and state attorney general in 2007 said he would not file any lawsuits related to the matter.
That means the employees, two of whom no longer work for the constable’s office, could take him to court for violating his agreement and ask a judge to dismiss the lawsuit. The district attorney’s office will be representing the men.
Under his agreement with the state and county, Dupree also agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of abuse of official capacity. He vowed never again to seek public office in Texas and agreed to relinquish his peace officer license.
Dupree sued Leo Armendariz, Donald Carter, James Decoux, Rafael Hernandez, Alphonso Lizcano, Robert McCarty and Leslie Willie.
Decoux and Hernandez no longer work for the Precinct 5 constable’s office, which is now led by Constable Jaime Cortes.
Dupree alleges in his suit that all of the deputies except Hernandez worked off-duty security jobs at strip clubs. He said they conspired to make false allegations against him after he wrote a new policy in January 2007 banning such off-duty work.
“These defendants wanted to remove plaintiff in order to continue the lucrative work as well as other illicit activities some defendants participated in while working at adult clubs,” the lawsuit said.
He is suing for abuse of process (for filing a frivolous removal petition), tortuous interference with an employment contract (by filing the sexual harassment complaints against him), and civil conspiracy.
Dupree wants compensation for loss of wages as well as mental anguish.