Prosecutors: Disbarred Attorney Tom Corea Likes Hookers, Hates Jail Pudding and Once Stole $386,000 from a Senile Grandfather
The many faces of Tom Corea
Tom Corea, the disbarred Dallas attorney charged with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from clients, is currently in the Lew Sterrett Justice Center, where he's spent every day since a judge learned in November that he'd covered his former Design District office with penis graffiti. He'll be there at least through mid-October, when his trial is scheduled to begin.
The number of felony counts Corea will be tried on is now up to nine, prosecutors having tacked on an additional five charges to the initial indictment earlier this year. But even that is a small, small fraction of the crimes Corea is accused of committing. A few days ago, prosecutors filed a "notice of extraneous offenses," which is basically a list of illegal and/or improper things Corea isn't formally charged with but which might be brought up during his trial.
There are 71.
-Tom Corea, Renowned Penis-Graffiti Artist, is Now Charged with Assaulting His Wife -Tom Corea Got Evicted, So Naturally He Tore the Place Up and Left Penis Art on the Wall -Tom Corea's Wife Attacked His Mistress, Rammed Her Car Through a Garage
It's a remarkable list, albeit a bit repetitive. The majority of the items involve the theft of clients' settlement money or funds that were supposed to cover their medical expenses, and there is a fair share of defaulted loans and outstanding judgments in civil judgments.These range from small and petty (a $1,950 hot check for a chicken coop) to large and galling (the theft of a $225,000 in wrongful death damages to Glenda and John McCoy, whose daughter took Zoloft, then killed her two children, husband and then herself in Flower Mound).
Among the other highlights (or, if you prefer, lowlights) from the document:
No. 50: On December 15, Corea "was handed his feeding tray and became belligerent about the contents that were on it. Corea began to make complaints stating, "this is some bullshit pudding for only a soft tray." He was escorted to a timeout cell, where he was kept for 16 hours.
No. 42: On New Year's Even 2010, he "threatened to kill his brother Chris Corea."
No. 45: Starting in May 2012, he "engaged in an extra-marital affair with his assistant Shannon McCarty-Peterson.
No. 47: On June 4, 2012, "he pulled the hair of his wife, Jennifer Corea, and scratched her on the arm. He also punched and kicked her. His daughter ... hid in the closet to call 911. Defendant found her and hung up the phone. That evening Jennifer discovered gifts purchased for another woman in Defendant's truck."
No. 51: He "often referred to African Americans as the n-word."
No. 53: Starting in January 2010, Corea "visited multiple prostitutes posing as massage therapists. He found these prostitutes through Craigslist and his account with Eccie Worldwide." He also bragged about having sex with the mother of one of his daughter's friends.
All that stuff happened in the past two or three years. But lest you think Corea's (allegedly) sociopathic behavior is a new phenomenon, prosecutors go back two decades for what may be the most telling item on the list: Back in 1993, he allegedly manipulated his demented grandfather into excluding other family members from his will while stealing $386,000 from his trust account.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Observer's biggest stories.
- Ray Hunt's Fighting Against Porn. His Dad Fought Against Monogamy, Kennedy and Catholics.
Sat., Feb. 13, 2:00pm
Sat., Feb. 13, 7:00pm
Sat., Feb. 13, 7:00pm
Sat., Feb. 13, 9:00pm
- Ross Perot’s Former Campaign Manager’s Advice to Presidential Candidate Bloomberg
- Texas Horse Racing Is Fighting for Survival