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Felony warrant issued for city council candidate

Posted: 9:52 PM, Nov 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-06 06:47:14-05

District 3 city council candidate Eric Tunchez is a wanted man after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Speaking via phone, Tunchez said he’s still shocked by the charges against him, and denied the allegations.

A grand jury indicted Tunchez on aggravated promotion of prostitution, a 2nd degree felony which carries a two to 20 year prison term.

KRIS 6 News filed an opens records request with the Corpus Christi Police Department, who told us our request was forwarded to the Texas Attorney General’s office because a minor was involved.

Tunchez also maintained the allegations against him are politically motivated.

“District Attorney Mark Gonzalez has publicly endorsed my opponent,” said Tunchez.  “I’m not surprised that Mark Gonzalez’s office brought these allegations up.”

When asked if he’d ever been part of a prostitution ring, Tunchez denied the allegations.

“I know nothing, I was informed I was being charged and I deny these allegations,” said Tunchez.

Tunchez says he’s spoken to counsel, but denied telling any officials he’d turn himself in last Friday.  He says once he’s gotten his affairs in order, he will turn himself in.  What he didn’t say is when that would be.