On June 4, 2018 an anonymous tipster informed a Detective with the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office about an employee who had committed numerous crimes while employed with the Humble Police Department.
Michael L. Flynt was hired in January 2017 after retiring from the Humble Police Department. He completed the application/personal history statement required for all applicants by the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement (TCOLE). In that government document, Flynt stated “no” to issues concerning his former employment with Humble Police. Sheriff Capers hired Flynt, who was by all means possible at the time, showed to be a more than acceptable candidate for employment. Flynt was brought on board to handle the Patrol Tactical Unit as a Lieutenant, a position similar to his assignment with Humble Police Department.
Upon learning the allegations from the tipster, Sheriff Capers ordered his Detective Division to reopen the background investigation on Flynt. The Detectives soon learned why the criminal issues were absent during the background investigation. Allegedly, the former city manager had illegally “sealed” any references to Flynt’s background, even going as far as to threaten any employee from discussing the issues. Being that the background investigation is a cornerstone to law enforcement to insure only persons of the highest caliber are accepted into the field, the omission by the City of Humble seriously jeopardized the integrity of the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office, and duly negated an important part of Sheriff Capers ability to protect the citizens of the county.
Detectives sought and received a search warrant from the 258th District Court for all the records concerning Flynt at the City of Humble. Upon serving the warrant at the Humble City Hall, the current City Manager cooperated with the detectives and the warrant. Upon review of the documents, it was learned that Flynt was involved as the subject of several criminal investigations. Some involving stalking of a female Humble employee who he a relationship with. Another incident was where he used a city tax exempt certificate to rent a room at La Quinta Hotel in Kingwood for a meet between a female Humble employee and himself. While with Humble Police but on Special Assignment with Harris County Sheriff’s Department it was learned that he ran several background checks on his mistresses husband to form a history of him being checked by police agencies. Flynt was forced to retire versus being indicted, and that Flynt did lie on his application/personal history statement when seeking employment with San Jacinto County.
Detectives presented this information to the 411th District Judge Kaycee Jones and warrants for the arrest of Michael Flynt were issued. Charges include 4-State Jail Felonies and 1-Misdemeanor, all dealing with the falsifying of the State Mandated Personal History Statement.
Flynt was terminated from employment with the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office early on the morning of June 20, 2018. Thursday morning, Flynt surrendered to the Liberty County Jail on the San Jacinto County charges.
The investigation is continuing into other allegations of his actions while in his position held with San Jacinto County.