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Former Smith County elections administrator accused of giving employees colon cleanser to drink

Denise Hernandez, 54
Denise Hernandez, 54(Smith County Jail)
Published: Jun. 1, 2021 at 5:15 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 1, 2021 at 11:23 PM CDT
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From the Smith County Sheriff’s Office

SMITH COUNTY, Texas (News Release) - On May 17, 2021, the Smith County Sheriff’s Office received information from Smith County Human Resources officials concerning an incident that occurred on April 27, 2021. The alleged incident had taken place in the Smith County Elections Office located in the Smith County Annex Building. This case was assigned to an Investigator with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators made contact with two victims who are employed in the Smith County Elections Office. Both female victims advised that they were each given a cup containing a pink liquid substance by their supervisor, Denise Hernandez, who is the former Elections Administrator for Smith County. Denise informed the employees that the cup contained “Spark” energy drink. At this time both subjects consumed the drink, believing it was as purported by their supervisor.

Shortly thereafter, Denise Hernandez came back and asked both employees if they had finished their drink. She then placed a canister of colon cleanser on the counter and began making fun of them for drinking this product. As a result, both employees suffered pain and discomfort due to ingesting this product. It was also alleged that when the employees returned to work, Denise Hernandez continued to laugh and berate them for drinking the colon cleansing product.

On May 26, 2021, two arrest affidavits were presented to 7th State District Judge Kerry Russell. Judge Russell reviewed each affidavit and issued two warrants on Denise Hernandez for Assault Causes Bodily Injury (Class A Misdemeanor) with a bond of $10,000 on each charge.

On June 1, 2021, Denise Hernandez turned herself in on both warrants and was booked into the Smith County Jail. She was bonded out a short time later.

For more information on the Smith County Sheriff’s Office visit www.smithcountysheriff.com. The Sheriff’s Office also has a FB page and can be followed on Twitter at @SmithCSO.

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