HOUSTON, TX - After 39 years in law enforcement, Harris County Precinct 6 Constable, Victor Trevino's career ended Monday in a courtroom with a guilty plea.
"The state is pleased that Mr. Trevino has finally taken responsibility for the crime that was committed,"says Harris County Assistant District Attorney, Bill Moore.
By pleading guilty to misapplication of fiduciary property, Trevino admitted he diverted money from his charity for personal use. Then he turned in his resignation.
The plea came one day after his trial began.
Trevino's defense attorney, Chip Lewis says, "the constable made the decision to put this matter behind him and move forward with the remaining chapters of his life. Those chapters will continue to include his support for all of his family, for the constituents and the members of the community that have always supported him."
Trevino spent the past 26 years as the elected Harris County Precinct 6 Constable.
Days earlier, prosecutors offered Trevino a chance to plea guilty to a misdemeanor, but he said no way, and claimed he was clear of any wrongdoing.
Then a change of heart. Trevino's guilty plea is now a felony, which could cost him 10 years in prison.
A judge will decide his sentence later this month.
The consequences that already cost him a career, will be assessed in dollars.