From the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office
CONROE-Damien Cauley, a former DPS Trooper assigned to Montgomery County, plead guilty on February 13, 2009 to the offense of Aggregate Theft, a State Jail Felony. He was sentenced by Judge K. Michael Mayes, Presiding Judge in the 410th District Court to two years confinement in TDCJ-State Jail Division. The punishment range for Aggregate Theft is from 180 days to two years confinement in a State Jail Facility and a discretionary fine not to exceed $10,000. The defendant was eligible for probation. He must serve the entire sentence day for day receiving no credit for good time. His conviction for a felony will prohibit him from serving as a peace officer in Texas.
Cauley, 31 years of age, confessed to the crime after being investigated by the Texas Rangers. It was determined that Cauley would, in his capacity as a DPS Trooper, target illegal aliens and persons suspected of driving while intoxicated, perform a traffic stop and steal money from them. These actions occurred while he was in his patrol car and wearing full uniform. Cauley was arrested on August 26, 2008. At sentencing, Sgt. David Rainwater, the Ranger who investigated the defendant, stated that Cauley’s actions were a black mark on each and every officer who put their lives on the line on a daily basis. Assistant District Attorney Mike Tiffin argued that the defendant had betrayed the public faith entrusted to him and requested the Court impose the maximum available sentence.
“Betraying the uniform and badge of law enforcement will not be tolerated by our office,” said District Attorney Brett Ligon. “I will not allow the good name of our hardworking, trustworthy local peace officers to be sullied by a common thief like Damien Cauley