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Answers sought from Dallas Co. Sheriff's Dept. after sex offender gets day-leave

LaTangela Williams (Source: Selma Police Department) LaTangela Williams (Source: Selma Police Department)

Dallas County Assistant District Attorney John Groos has filed a show cause motion in the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court asking a judge to order Dallas County Sheriff's office employees to explain why they should not be held in contempt of court following a convicted sex offender's day-long release to celebrate a milestone anniversary with her family.

Groos' filing states: "The provisions of the Court's sentencing order...made no exceptions that allowed the Defendant to be released before she completed her sentence."

Gross' filing contends the sheriff's department violated the sentencing order and seeks answers as to why.

That motion follows District Attorney Michael Jackson's formal court motions seeking to extend former teacher LaTangela Williams' jail time to 10 years -- her original sentence.

The county jail released Williams Sunday morning so she could attend her father's 35th anniversary as a pastor in Orrville, a small community about 30 miles away. Williams' father is Dallas County Commissioner Curtis Williams.

Jackson says Williams was out of jail for about nine hours before checking back in after 5 p.m. Sunday afternoon. She is currently serving a 14-month sentence after pleading guilty on April 4 to a felony and misdemeanor for having sexual relations with two students while she was employed as a teacher at Selma High School.

Jackson says he will continue to file motions against Williams who he says thinks she's a privileged inmate who can leave the jail unsupervised.

"I don't want this -- Selma to be thought of as Mayberry where she has the keys to the jail she can just come and go as she please like Otis Campbell on the Andy Griffith show," Jackson said.

Dallas County sheriff officials confirmed their office received the motion and that their attorney Cart Blackwell is handling it.

WSFA 12 News attempted to reach Blackwell for comment and was unsuccessful.

Jackson also added that this was a "mockery of the county legal system," adding, "I don't know who gave the approval for her to leave, but I will find out."

Jackson says there is a process every inmate must take in order to request to be released for a short period of time. Jackson says protocol calls for the district attorney to be notified first and then he would take the request to the judge. None of that happened, according to Jackson.

"Of course that wasn't the judge's order, nor the plea agreement. As you know she's a registered sex offender and that's not fair to the victims nor the community," Jackson said.

He says typically, inmates are granted permission to attend funerals of immediate relatives like parents or spouses.

WSFA 12 News was unable to reach long time Dallas County Sheriff Harris Huffman at his office or on his cell phone.

Attempts by WSFA 12 News to discuss the situation with Commissioner Williams involving his daughter's release have been unsuccessful.

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