Texas – On Wednesday, January 9, 2019, a Galveston County jury convicted a
former Galveston County judge of two counts of online impersonation. The Court
then sentenced to him to 6 years in prison on both charges.
case against former attorney and judge Christopher Dupuy began after two
advertisements for prostitution were posted on the web site backpage.com. Both
advertisements contained the pictures and contact information of two women who
were formally in a relationship with Dupuy. In the second victim’s case, Dupuy
used a nude photo that the victim shared with him during the relationship.
showed that the ads were placed using fake information, paid with an
untraceable pre-paid credit card, and that the Defendant used software called a
virtual private network to mask his IP address that prevented it from being
traced. Law enforcement was able to track his IP address, because on one
occasion in which Dupuy forgot to use the virtual private network when
accessing his email account. That IP address returned to Christopher Dupuy’s
apartment in League City.
then executed a search warrant at Dupuy’s residence and several devices were
recovered and analyzed. At trial prosecutors presented logs which proved that a
virtual private network was used on his computer on the date of the offense
just hours before the ads were posted. There were also records of web searches
on a phone showing how he researched each woman approximately one week before
posting the ads. There were searches for specific phrases that would later
become the headlines for each of the ads.
the presentation of this evidence, the jury returned a verdict of guilty.
Visiting Judge Vanessa Velasquez then held a hearing to determine Dupuy’s
the hearing, prosecutors showed Dupuy’s prior convictions for perjury, abuse of
official capacity, and criminal contempt, all of which were committed while
Dupuy was the judge of County Court at Law Number 3. It was also shown that
Dupuy judicially confessed to committing official oppression against attorney
Court heard testimony from Dupuy’s former wife and a Harris County woman who
told the judge that Dupuy had stalked them. Dupuy’s former wife also testified
that she found listening devices in her home and that there was a long history
of emotional abuse. She also testified about the child custody battle between
the two, which resulted in Dupuy losing custody of his children.
judge also heard testimony that when the police executed the search warrant in
Dupuy’s home, officers found a bag containing a firearm with a laser sight and
silencer, ammunition, a knife, beanie cap, gloves, a taser, multiple hand restraints,
a kit to start fires and multiple disposable pre-paid cell phones, known by law
enforcement as “burner phones.”
Velasquez sentenced Dupuy to six years in prison on both charges; these
sentences will run concurrently.
was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Adam Poole and Assistant District
Attorney Matt Shawhan in the 405th District Court, with visting Judge Vanessa
Velasquez presiding. The District Attorney’s Office would like to thank Harris
County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Scott Hardcastle and Texas Department of
Public Safety Ranger Joe Haralson for their investigation.
Patrick H. Gurski
Assistant Criminal District Attorney
Galveston County Criminal District Attorney’s Office