FACE-TO-FACE FOR THE FIRST TIME: Henderson ISD school board opponents now silent after allegations of criminal mischief

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HENDERSON, Texas (KETK) – Henderson ISD held its first school board meeting since allegations involving one of their own has come to light.

Jon Best, the Henderson ISD school board member accused of vandalizing his opponent’s truck and stealing campaign signs, has denied the charges in a statement released by his lawyer.

Jon Best has not made a statement since his arrest on
September 27 for good reason. Only the entire truth should be
told to the public. Not lies, not innuendos, and not partial
conversations. Jon and his lawyer want to hear all of the
recordings and videos just like all the voters.

Nicholas Bennett, John Best’s attorney

Best was charged with criminal mischief after Adam Duey claimed that Best paid teenagers to steal Duey’s campaign signs, pour sugar in his car’s gas tank, and slashed one of his tires.

One of the teenage boys allegedly confessed after being caught stealing a sign from someone’s yard.

Duey is challenging Best for the Henderson ISD School Board District 5 seat. The election is set to take place on November 5.

Now both the alleged victim and the perpetrator are no longer talking to media since the allegations have come out. While Best denies all claims made, Duey is standing behind his statement through a previous interview with KETK News.

With both candidates sticking to their points, the new mystery is who is telling the truth.

Here is the statement in full released by Bennett on Best’s behalf:

Jon Best has not made a statement since his arrest on September 27 for good reason. Only the entire truth should be told to the public. Not lies, not innuendos, and not partial conversations. Jon and his lawyer want to hear all of the recordings and videos just like all the voters. We made an attempt on September 30 under open records request to receive the recordings and videos, but Sheriff Price and Michael Jimmerson decided to send a request to the Attorney General as to whether the evidence can be withheld until after the school board election. If there is nothing to hide, then why not give the evidence to Jon and the voters? Its (sic) not like the videos or phone conversations will change!

Jon knows he did not ask these boys to do any of the mischief for him, nor did he pay them to remove any signs or damage any vehicle. When Adam Roberson, Jon’s employee, was confronted about the phone call, he quickly resigned from Jon’s employment and moved out of Jon’s parents’ house.

The phone call made to Jon by Adam Roberson and recorded by the Sheriff’s office shows that Jon did not know about the juveniles’ actions until after the fact. Mr. Roberson asked Jon on the phone call if he wanted the boys to pull up more signs. Jon told him NO. Jon wanted to tell the truth on stage that he did not know about the mischief before it happened and that no money was ever paid. Mr. Roberson made the phone call upon threats by deputies that his son was going to jail.

As soon as the phone call is released, a further statement will be released.

The bottom line is: Was the phone call between Roberson and Best the first time Jon had been told about the thefts or was that a prior call? Only the sheriff has that information, and that information is being withheld from us and the public by the Sheriff and the District Attorney. Why?

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