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Kirk Noaker

Cottonwood Shores police arrested Kirk Noaker, 51, of Meadowlakes on a charge of misdemeanor terroristic threat of family/household.

The Burnet County magistrate is on paid administrative leave after he was arrested Monday, Jan. 18.

Cottonwood Shores police arrested Kirk Noaker, 51, of Meadowlakes on a charge of misdemeanor terroristic threat of family/household. He was booked into the Burnet County Jail and released later the same day on a personal recognizance bond.

Cottonwood Shores Police Chief Johnny Liendo said the case is still under investigation, and he could not comment on it at this time.

Burnet County Judge James Oakley placed Noaker on administrative leave following the magistrate’s arrest.

Oakley added that Burnet County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Roxanne Nelson is coordinating with the other justices of the peace to handle the magistrate’s duties at the Burnet County Jail. Nelson served as the jail’s magistrate before she was elected to her justice of the peace position.

“And all the JPs rotate covering the jail on the weekends,” Oakley added. “All the functions of that office will be covered.”

The case remains under investigation.

“There is a process we go through, and we need to allow it to go through that legal process,” Oakley said. “In this country, we’re innocent until proven guilty.”

The county jail magistrate handles several duties, including magistration hearings after a person’s arrest or detention. The magistrate is typically involved in the early stages of the criminal proceedings. It is an appointed position through the Burnet County judge’s office.

9 thoughts on “Burnet County magistrate arrested

  1. Funny how when it’s one of their own its innocent til found guilty but with anyone else it’s guilty til proven yourself to be innocent

  2. Makes you wonder, If he is found guilty, does he have to pay back the money earned during his “Paid Administrative Leave”?

  3. Having spent 16 years on the District Court bench, I am always concerned when someone, anyone, feels as with these comments that “you are guilty until proven innocent.” Firstly, I think we all know that that is not how the system is structured to work.

    Secondly, my observation over the course of many, many criminal trials I conducted I saw vigorous defenses and more than a few acquittals. Of course, one only has to prove themself “not guilty” and do not have to prove themself “innocent.”

    “Not guilty” and “innocent” are two different things. Some countries have a possible finding of “innocent” but we do not.

    Lastly, I can say that in the jury trials where a defendant was found guilty I never saw one that I thought the jury got it wrong. We have a good system and the juries consistently get it right.

    I recognize that I won’t change the mind of the persons commenting above, but I felt this was worth of a comment in case others had misconceptions about “not guilty” and ” innocent.”

  4. When one is arrested, they are innocent until proven guilty right. So then why are some already punished before they even go to court by bond supervision by the county which is basically just like being on probation and having to pay monthly fees and urine screens. This is after you gotta pay a bondsman to get out of jail. And having to pay a bondsman is usually not gonna be your favorite thing to do as for alot of people would have to scrape up everything they got saved up or that they can sell…

      1. Yes sir I did….lol. I just came back to see if maybe I would learn something new if I was wrong but we all know how this flawed system works… been through it… not fun and my pocket book became very flat… lol

  5. Sounds to me like this guy never should have been a judge in the first place. Corruption really is everywhere.

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