4
| Crime |

Cleared of Child Porn Charges, One Journeyman Cop's Suing the Officer He Says Set Him Up

^
Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

In his two decades in law enforcement, Michael Meissner's made the rounds of small Texas towns. From Crandall to Caddo Mills, he's worked in 18 police departments in the last 20 years, according to a January story in The Dallas Morning News.

As detailed there, and in a suit filed October 29 in federal court in Dallas (read the whole thing after the jump), that professional history got a lot more interesting in September last year, when a tactical unit of Combine police officers stormed his Arlington home, arrested him on a slate of charges -- including promotion of prostitution and possession of child pornography -- and hauled him off to the Dallas County Jail, bail set at $1.5 million.

A week later, the charges were all dropped, and he went free; within months, Combine's police chief had resigned and another officer who spearheaded the investigation, John Hoskins, was out on medical leave.

Meissner says the whole ordeal was just the latest of Hoskinss' plays to embarrass him in public -- like this headline from a since-removed Star-Telegram story: "Former police chief posed as woman to solicit nude photos from boys, police say." It's also just one of many incidents in a wild, meandering tale that's unfolded since Meissner beat out Hoskins for the police chief job in Caney City.

Stopping by Unfair Park HQ Monday, Meissner said he can't fathom why Hoskins carried such a grudge, but it's played out in series of allegations of wrongdoing spanning both men's short stints in police agencies around the state. It all looks to have peaked since the raid on Meissner's home last year, and months later, Meissner wants to make sure Hoskins leaves it there. "He took his shot, and he missed," Meissner says.

Reached by phone last week, Hoskins says he hasn't seen the suit yet, but he knew it was a possibility. "It'll probably be put to bed pretty quick," he says. "I'm not concerned about it at all."

Messner v City of Combine and Hoskins

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.