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Aug 23, 2013 7:17 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

Former Deputy Constable Found Guilty of Harassment

CORPUS CHRISTI - Today a jury found Ben Zapata not guilty of assault, but did find him guilty of harassment.

Back in April Oralia Cuellar told police that Zapata punched her, pushed her, and even pulled her by her hair. But Thursday in court she had a different story. She said she had slapped him after an argument and that he hit her with the back of his hand when trying to stop her.

According to court documents and testimony, Zapata called his common law wife 56 times while she was filing a report at the police station back in April.

Six News was able to catch up with Zapata as he was leaving the court house. He didn't say much but he did say he was glad the assault charges were dismissed. When talking about the dropped charges Zapata said, "well they had to I didn't assault nobody."

Zapata will have to serve 12 months of probation, do 50 hours of community service and participate in anger management classes. If he doesn't, he can get up to 180 days in jail.

Zapata's boss, Constable Frank Flores, told Six News that just minutes after leaving the court house Zapata went to his office and resigned.

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