GILMER — A candidate for Upshur County Precinct 4 constable in the May 29 Republican primary was arrested on a class A misdemeanor charge of family violence/assault of a family member Monday, Gilmer police officials said.
Gilmer police arrested Henson about 4:30 p.m. Monday, said a police spokesman, who said authorities are not releasing further details because the case is still under investigation.
Henson is among three candidates for constable in the May 29 primary. The others are incumbent Phillip M. Hill, who is seeking reelection for a second term, and Dewayne LaGrone.
Henson was temporarily declared ineligible to enter the Republican primary several months ago for making what he termed an honest mistake on his application to run. He listed his address as 1419 N. Wood St., which is the address of an auto dealership owned by his father, and is not in Precinct 4.
Henson said his entire family got its mail at that address.
County Republican Chairman Ken Ambrose, who had accepted the application, said Henson made an “honest mistake,” but nonetheless declared him ineligible. The action came after Hill consulted Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd about the address that Henson listed on his application.
Henson subsequently refiled to run for the office.