Jesse Macom-Teague of North Little Rock,
JESSE MACOM-TEAGUE: JP candidate explains criminal record with military service.
a Republican candidate for justice of the peace District 15
on the Pulaski County Quorum Court, was convicted in February 2009 of third-degree domestic battery, a Class A misdemeanor, and was accused of battery by another woman in an earlier incident.
Teague is running against Democrat Staci Medlock,
a realtor, for the seat, currently held by Republican Shane Stacks, who did not seek re-election.
The Pulaski County Democratic Party distributed information about Teague's record, which it says also has included driving on a suspended license, public intoxication and failure to appear in court.
The Democrats note that Medlock has made public safety her platform.
Teague responded to my e-mail question about his record with this prepared statement:
Upon my discharge from the United State Marine Corps following my service in Iraq and Afghanistan, I returned home ready to return to civilian life, however, I was found diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
I was successfully treated and no longer experience these symptoms. This counseling and treatment helped me get on the right path. I am extremely thankful to some great doctors and other health professionals.
During the time I dealt with these symptoms, my behavior was erratic, and I did some things that I deeply regret. I offer no excuses, but with the help of others I have returned to good health and have a wonderful life with my wife and son.
While I regret some of my actions, I am proud of my service in the Marine Corps, and, even knowing the path it would take me through, I never have regretted volunteering to serve my country.
I am forever grateful for those who continue to support me, and look forward to continuing my service to our nation, state, and county.
I am grateful for the support I received though that difficult time in my life. I am now a proud husband, father, veteran, small business own, and citizen of North Little Rock.
He was convicted of a crime that occurred in August 2008, about six years after he separated from the Marines in 2002.
This is the report that gave rise to the conviction.
A woman he'd been dating said he invited her to his North Little Rock house, became angry then began striking her face and head. North Little Rock police arrested him.
H.L. Moody of the County Democratic Party said of Teague's response: "There are plenty of veterans who came home with PTSD and managed not to assault any women."
Teague responded by e-mail to only limited questions beyond the prepared statement. His campaign website gives his resume. It lists combat experience
during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He told me he was on active duty from 1999-2002 and was among the first people sent to Afghanistan after the terror attacks Sept. 11, 2001. Operation Iraqi Freedom
, as I understand its meaning, began with President George Bush's ultimatum to Iraq in March 2003, after the date when Teague said his Marine service ended. He said he received the Bronze star for combat duty in Iraq. He didn't respond to further questions, saying he was tending to a sick child.
But a consultant who's been helping Teague, Allison Johnson, later called me to say that she could answer one of my questions. She said she was told by Teague that he saw combat as a communications specialist assigned to reconnaissance unit that was on the ground in Iraq in 2002 in advance of the U.S. invasion. "He stands by his record," she said.
She said she could not answer questions related to the court cases.
Court records show Teague, an insurance broker, successfully completed a one-year probationary sentence on the 2009 conviction in 2010. Teague's past also includes a 2005 Little Rock police report of a complaint by a previous girlfriend that he'd beaten her after she'd asked him to stop when he got "real physical" during intercourse. He told police she'd attacked him with a bat. The report said police searched but found no bat. The report said the girlfriend had injuries to her ear, nose, neck, eye and throat that required hospital attention. The police arrested Teague, the report said, but the only Pulaski circuit court records from that time period are of competing domestic abuse claims by Teague and the woman who said he beat her. The case for a domestic protection order ultimately was dismissed.