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Ex-Judge Dubbed 'Don Tequila' Sentenced In Revenge Case After Posting Fake Sex-For-Hire Ads For Former Flames

Christopher Dupuy, 47, purchased Backpage.com ads under a pseudonym and used photos and phone numbers of women he'd dated in an attempt to seek revenge.

By Jill Sederstrom

A former Texas judge has been sentenced to six years behind bars for online impersonation after creating fake sex-for-hire ads for women he had once dated.

Prosecutors said Christopher Dupuy, 47, purchased ads on Backpage.com and used photos and the actual phone numbers of two women he had dated offering escort and sex services, according to KHOU.

Dupuy posted the ads under the pseudonym Don Tequila and had reportedly tried to hide his tracks using a software program to mask his computer’s IP Address, according to an August report in the Houston Chronicle.

Investigators were able to find evidence that Dupuy had been behind the fake ads after issuing a search warrant and finding evidence of his involvement on his computer and phone.

Prosecutor Adam Poole said the online acts of revenge are part of a larger pattern of harassment against women, the Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday.

“All along the way there have been new offenses," Poole said. "It's just been a really long time in coming, but hopefully he is done with Galveston County now."

A warrant for Dupuy’s arrest was also issued in May after a Harris County woman said he had called her more than 200 times in one night and had threatened to kill her. That case is still pending.

Dupuy’s attorney, Simone Bray, had argued that the evidence against him in the online revenge case had been circumstantial but said she respected the decision reached this week by the jury.

“I did believe there was some reasonable doubt there,” she said, according to the paper. “But the citizens of Galveston felt different, and I respect their verdict.”

Dupuy was initially arrested on the impersonation charges in 2015. He spent almost a year in jail, mainly in solitary confinement, before a visiting county judge ruled that he should be released. The judge believed the state’s online impersonation statute was unconstitutional but that finding was later overturned by an appellate court.

Dupuy served as a Galveston County judge for four years before resigning in 2013 amid allegations that he had lied under oath and abused his power in office. He later pleaded guilty to abuse of office and perjury, both misdemeanor counts, and was given deferred adjudication.

{Photo: Galveston County Jail]

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