Texas police chief accused in lawsuit of harassment during affair

01/04/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Texas – A Texas police chief has been accused of harassing a man whose wife he purportedly had an affair with and fathered a child. As reported by ABC News, a lawsuit was filed against Kyle City Police Chief Jeff Barnett in federal court on December 27 alleging that he “abused his authority and connections in January 2012 by having Dr. Glen Hurlston arrested for domestic violence soon after Barnett left his position as police chief in the North Texas town of Princeton.”

Hurlston is chief of anesthesia at Byrd Regional Hospital of Leesville, La. He accuses Barnett in the suit of ordering officers to carry out a series of acts to harass him and “making it difficult to exercise his visitation rights.”

Hurlston’s attorney James B. Doyle is quoted as stating to ABCNews.com, “My client is seeking whatever penal damages that will ensue… he just wants authorities to acknowledge that his civil rights have been violated… He has spent the last two years trying to retrieve public records dating back to 2009 that might implicate Chief Barnett.”

The city attorney of Kyle is quoted as releasing the statement in response to the suit filed against Barnett, “…this lawsuit, as it relates to the City of Kyle, is without merit, substance or viability. The city stands behind and supports Chief Barnett during this difficult time for him and his family.”

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – Texas Legal News

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