Harassment lawsuit filed against Kyle police chief


by KVUE News


Posted on January 2, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 2 at 11:41 PM

KYLE, Texas -- A federal lawsuit has accused the Kyle police chief of harassing the husband of a woman with whom he fathered a child.

According to the lawsuit, Chief Jeff Barnett 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.

Prosecutors later reduced the charges and Hurlston pleaded no contest.

The lawsuit named Barnett, but also the City of Kyle, where Barnett has served as chief since 2011.

Kyle officials released the following written statement on Thursday:

"The city stands behind and supports Chief Barnett during this difficult time for him and his family. We believe that given due course and time, the true merits of this case will show the frivolous nature of this lawsuit."

Some Kyle residents said what makes this their business is that the city is now involved.

"If you're an elected official, then your life is kind of on display, so I think it's wise to make wise personal decisions," said Kyle resident Lauren Simcik.

"I personally feel what he does in his personal life is his own business. However, since he is in the public eye, then what you do in public, people will be watching you, and so, it makes it our business," said resident Sandy Martinez.

A spokesperson for the City of Kyle could not provide a timetable on when the case will be resolved.