A Harris County grand jury declined to indict a Houston police captain of “double-dipping” while he headed the public information division last year.
Capt. Dwayne Ready was no-billed Thursday following allegations of abuse of official capacity related to his off-duty work with area management districts.
“This has been very stressful,” said Brian Benken, Ready’s attorney. “I’ve notified him of the grand jury’s decision today so he’s obviously relieved by that decision.”
But Ready’s troubles may not be over. The Houston Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office are still investigating Ready’s off-duty work.
“I can’t comment on specifics,” said prosecutor Kelly Blackburn. “IAD’s investigation is still ongoing, and I still have some more things to look into.”
Also Thursday, the grand jury indicted another Houston police officer on a misdemeanor charge of tampering with a government record.
Prosecutors said HPD officer Tracy Real allegedly tampered with a time card for off-duty work at the Greater Southeast Management District. Ready supervised Real when she coordinated the district’s security services with the use of off-duty HPD officers.
HPD began an internal affairs investigation after a TV station reported in May that the management districts may have received prompt police service because they paid Ready $1,000 to $1,300 per month.
The KTRK (Channel 13) story alleged that Ready was conducting his private business while working in his official capacity at the department. At the time, Ready was the department’s top spokesman. He now works in the human resources division and was reassigned management district duties!