Gary Kent

Gary Kent 

A defamation lawsuit filed last year by former Nolanville police chief Gary Kent has been dismissed, according to his lawyer.

“Litigation is expensive and it is hard, and my client decided to dismiss the case,” said Dan Corbin with Corbin & Associates, adding the case was dismissed “several months ago.”

Texas law provides a plaintiff an option to dismiss, or throw out, a case.

The lawsuit originally sought $100,000 in restitution against one woman after she accused Kent of sexual harassment on the job and falsifying government records.

The lawsuit alleged that Kathryn Alaniz “published a statement by oral communication asserting as fact statements against Plaintiff which were known by Defendant to be false” and damaged Kent’s political and professional career.

Alaniz spoke before the Cove City Council on Nov. 22, 2016, alleging Kent assaulted her, sexually harassed women, falsified government records and abused official capacity.

At the time the lawsuit was filed, Kent had been running for Copperas Cove City Council Place 4 against Jay Manning. Manning won the seat in the Dec. 13, 2016, runoff election.

Kent resigned as chief of the Nolanville Police Department on Nov. 17, 2016, saying he was retiring from the department after 21 years of service to the city and not in reaction to mounting allegations against him from former employees.

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