The married mayor pro tem of a Texas city is dealing with child pornography charges, metropolis officers mentioned.
Gary Leon Caplinger, the longtime mayor pro tem of Allen, was arrested Thursday, metropolis officers confirmed in a press release.
“We have been shocked to be taught as we speak of the arrest of Councilmember and Mayor Pro Tem Gary Caplinger on charges associated to child pornography,” the assertion learn. “The case didn’t originate with the Allen Police Division.”
Caplinger — a married actual property agent who has two sons — was first elected to the Allen Metropolis Council in 2005. He has served as mayor pro tem of the Dallas suburb since 2012. He’s now in his ultimate time period, which is about to run out in Might, metropolis officers mentioned.
Caplinger, 56, surrendered to authorities in Collin County Thursday on charges of possession of child pornography and possession with intent to advertise child pornography, the Dallas Morning Information reported.
Jail data point out the alleged incidents occurred in August 2019 and March 2020. Extra details about the accusations was not instantly accessible, the newspaper reported.
Caplinger’s legal professional mentioned he had not reviewed proof in opposition to his consumer Thursday, however famous authorities didn’t arrest him whereas executing a search warrant within the case and as an alternative referred to it to a grand jury.
Caplinger is “definitely harmless till confirmed in any other case,” legal professional Todd Shapiro advised the newspaper.
Caplinger has not made any resolution about his future on Allen’s Metropolis Council, Shapiro mentioned.
“I’m certain there are individuals in the neighborhood who would need him to resign now,” Shapiro advised the Morning Information. “I might hope we nonetheless imagine in giving somebody his due course of and day in court docket.”
Previous to being elected to Allen Metropolis Council, Caplinger was appointed to town’s planning and zoning fee and served as a reserve police officer for 10 years, in accordance with his bio on Allen’s web site.
Caplinger was launched from custody after posting $80,000 bond, the Dallas Morning Information reported.
He was indicted by a grand jury final week, resulting in warrants for his arrest. Investigators had searched his Allen residence final March, KXAS reported.
The Texas Division of Public Security is dealing with the continued investigation, the station reported.