Former state District Court Judge E. Karl Prohl was indicted Friday on a felony charge of theft by a public servant concerning $34,706 received from public coffers, reportedly for travel-related expenses, records show.
Prohl, who retired in September after 18 years on the bench, was booked into the Kerr County Jail on Friday evening and released on a personal recognizance bond.
“He's distressed about the publicity, but he feels like he'll be exonerated,” said defense attorney Roy O. Minton.
The indictment, issued after months of investigation by the state's attorney general, details 17 payments to Prohl between 2004 and 2007 by Kerr County, two probation departments, and the district attorney's office.
The payments to Prohl were for travel-related expenses, said Minton, who said the former judge had offered to make restitution.
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