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Detective in former editors arrest resigns

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MEGAN GRAY

The Ellis County Press

COMBINE – John Allen "Jay" Hoskins, a reserve officer who investigated The Ellis County Press’ former news editor and a former police chief ultimately leading to their arrests, has resigned.

Hoskins, a former freelance writer for the ECP, was commissioned by the Kaufman County city in April, accused former news editor Joey G. Dauben of three felonies relating to posting a mug shot of a fellow Combine police officer on his blog.

Dauben was accused of misuse of public information, retaliation or obstruction and engaging in organized criminal activity.

He was arrested by police in Plymouth, N.H. on Monday, Sept. 14 and was released on Friday, Sept. 25.

Felony charges against Dauben were rejected on Friday, Sept. 18 by Dallas County prosecutors. Combine incorporates both Kaufman and Dallas counties.

Since moving back to Ellis County, Dauben has referred all comment about the upcoming civil rights lawsuit he and lawyer Rodney Pat Ramsey are set to file, but indicated a "movie and book deal" were in the works about the case.

The second arrest stemming from Hoskins’ investigation and subsequent arrest also resulted in prosecutors rejecting charges against former Bardwell Police Chief Michael Chase Meissner on possession of child pornography and operation of a prostitution ring charges.

Dallas County also rejected three charges against Meissner.

Hoskins resignation was made official Monday, Nov. 2, according to Ramsey and Combine Mayor Keith Taylor.
Hoskins and Combine Police Chief Steve Allen were quoted in media outlets as having worked alongside Barry Cooper in Meissners arrest.

Cooper, a former narcotics officer turned drug legalization activist best known for his Never Get Busted DVD series showing viewers how to hide illegal drugs from cops, said Meissner would be re-arrested.


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