A former Galveston County judge was convicted Wednesday of online impersonation for taking revenge on two women he dated by posting fake escorts ads on the internet.
Christopher Dupuy, 47, posted the women’s photos and phone numbers online using the pseudonym Don Tequila, according to prosecutors.
Sentencing was underway Wednesday in the Galveston County courtroom where he was convicted, according to prosecutor Adam Poole.
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Investigators found evidence after obtaining a search warrant.
Attorneys could not immediately be reached by phone for comment after the verdict. Dupuy’s attorney Simone Bray has called the evidence "circumstantial," and faulted investigators for solely focusing on him from the start.
The incident was part of a larger downfall for the judge, who sat on the bench over four years until he resigned in 2013 while facing charges of lying under oath and abuse of office.
Authorities arrested Dupuy in 2015 on the impersonation charges. He spent nearly a year in jail, where he was held in solitary confinement for what was said to be his own safety. A visiting county judge in 2016 released him, finding the state’s online impersonation statute unconstitutional.
An appellate court, however, later overturned that decision, and a warrant for Dupuy’s arrest was issued in May after a woman in Harris County filed a complaint that Dupuy called her 200 times one night, threatening to kill her.
Authorities arrested him in August at a home near Austin, where they found him hiding in an attic.
Emily Foxhall covers all things Texas for the Houston Chronicle. Reach her by email at Emily.Foxhall@chron.com and follow her on Twitter.