The Texas sheriff who threatened disorderly conduct charges against a woman with a “Fuck Trump” sticker on her truck apparently committed fraud by lying on his job application for a previous job about a past arrest, according to records.
Records found on Keep USA Honest reveal Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls lied during his employment process in a signed, sworn and notarized affidavit that states he’d never been arrested while applying for a job as a police officer with the Fort Bend County Independent School District before becoming sheriff.
However, Nehls was arrested in Wisconsin by Horicon police for underage drinking in 1988 at the age of 20 and obstructing an officer by lying about his age.
Nehls admitted to his arrest on his application to the Richmond Police Department.
Additionally, records reveal Nehls was terminated from the Richmond Police Department for a total of 19 violations committed in a one year span.
“Your repeated violations of the policies and procedures of this department, as well as your continuing disregard for orders issued to you by your supervisors, has resulted in this termination which is based on Richmond Police Department’s General Orders 300.08,” his termination notice, which can be seen below, reads.
Violations listed by the department include destruction of evidence, improper arrests, misleading superiors, failure to contact a victim, failure to return property, dining at restaurants without notifying dispatch and several counts of improper handling of evidence.
On November 15, Sheriff Nehls posted to Facebook stating he obtained permission from a prosecutor who informed him she would file criminal charges of disorderly conduct against the owner of a truck with a sticker that says, “Fuck Trump. And fuck you for voting for him” on the back of it.
“I have received numerous calls regarding the offensive display on this truck as it is often seen along FM 359. If you know who owns this truck or it is yours, I would like to discuss it with you. Our Prosecutor has informed us she would accept Disorderly Conduct charges regarding it, but I feel we could come to an agreement regarding a modification to it,” the post read before Nehls deleted it, claiming he received threats to his family–a common line police use after statements that cause backlash.
On November 16, Fort Bend County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Caitlin Espinosa said Sheriff Nehls was no longer commenting on the matter following threats to his wife and children after the post went viral on social and news media.
But the department did not provide proof of any threats.
The same day, Sheriff Nehls held a press conference saying his Facebook page accomplished its goal.
“The Facebook post accomplished its objective and now we know who owns the truck,” Nehls said after the department spokeswoman said he was no longer commenting on the matter.
The owner of the truck, Karen Fonseca, was arrested on November 16 on a 2014 warrant for fraud after the department received a tip.
Fonseca said she put the custom made sticker on the back of her truck about 11 months ago, shortly after Trump was elected, saying her family was merely expressing their First Amendment right and voicing their dismay with President Donald Trump.
After her arrest she added a new sticker that says, “Fuck Troy Nehls. And fuck you for voting for him” next to the “Fuck Trump” sticker.
Sheriff Nehls reacted to the sticker, calling it “disgusting.”
“I’m not surprised,” he told KHOU.
View records regarding Nehls’ termination and lying on his job application below.
According to its website, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office can be reached at (281) 341-4704.