A former Texas state judge is facing charges of online harassment after allegedly placing two bogus sex-for-hire ads featuring two of his ex-girlfriends.
Christopher Dupuy, 43, was arrested on July 2 in Galveston and remains behind bars on $600,000 bail, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Dupuy posted escort ads on Backpage.com using pictures of the former girlfriends, according to an investigation by the Galveston County District Attorney's Office and the Harris County Sheriff's Office.
Adam Poole, an assistant Galveston County district attorney, told TexasLawyer.com that the photos of the victims were used without permission in an attempt to harass them.
Between 2010 and 2013, Dupuy served as a Galveston County Judge. He resigned after being charged with multiple counts of lying under oath and abuse of office. He went to work as an attorney and is currently serving two years of probation in connection with those charges, according to YourHoustonNews.com.
Officials were able to trace the ads to Dupuy, who placed them under the fake name "Don Tequila," HoustonPress.com reports. That's also the name of a commenter who criticized Dupuy while he was a judge.
"The first victim was getting all kinds of calls and texts from prospective johns," Poole told the website. "And the detective working the case reached out to the second victim."
One of the women told police she hired Dupuy to handle her divorce, but that he wanted to have a relationship with her. That woman had dated Dupuy six years ago when she was single, court records show.
When she declined to rekindle the romance, she said Dupuy started harassing her on Facebook by sending photos with insulting remarks.
She broke off all communication with Dupuy after the divorce was finalized, at which point, an ad with her phone number appeared on Backpage.com promising "a sexy nurse" who was "very fetish friendly."
Another ad that investigators traced to Dupuy featured pictures of the second woman's breasts. She told police she'd broken up with the suspect last August and that she texted the photos while they were dating, but said he'd been harassing her since the break-up, according to HoustonPress.com.
Dupuy has asked for a court-appointed attorney to represent him.
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