David Dorman, the former mayor of Melissa, told Town Square Buzz on Friday that he wishes he could clear his name immediately after his indictment on bribery charges this week, but that he must let the legal process run its course.
Dorman, 66, faces federal charges that he solicited $70,000 dollars in a 2007 bribery scheme involving the annexation of land to McKinney.
"I'm disappointed to say the least," Dorman told TSB in a written statement, "and I wish I could talk about what transpired in detail and clear my name immediately. Now that the legal process has begun, we have to let it run its course. I have faith in the system, and in my attorney, Barry Sorrels."
Reports claim that Dorman is alleged to have received a $10,000 cash payment and two $10,000 checks from developer John Christie. Christie, 65, of Frisco, was charged with misprision of a felony (failing to report knowledge of a felony to the appropriate authorities).
This case concerns approximately 23 acres of undeveloped land at the corner of State Highway 5 and State Highway 121. Melissa's city manager has told The Dallas Morning News that city officials are cooperating fully with the FBI.
Dorman failed in a 2009 re-election bid. He later announced his candidacy for Collin County Commissioner but withdrew from the race. Dorman has also written several political commentaries for Town Square Buzz.
A statement from Dorman's attorney to TSB on Friday read, "Mr. Dorman will plead not guilty at the appropriate time and will vigorously fight this charge. We are looking forward to our day in court and our constitutionally guaranteed right to have a jury hear our side of the story. Until then, it’s important to reserve judgment and keep an open mind until all of the facts come out through the legal process."
Dorman faces up to 20 years in federal prison, and Christie faces up to three years.
UPDATED: STATEMENT FROM DORMAN'S ATTORNEY
Besides the statement from Sorrells' office, published two paragraphs above, the attorney also released the following statement to TSB:
"David Dorman has a long and distinguished history of service to his country and community. An Army veteran, entrepreneur, business leader and tireless volunteer, his tenure as mayor from 1999 to 2009 effectively prepared the city of Melissa for a future of growth and prosperity. The city’s population tripled during his tenure, and his many accomplishments in office include:
• Leading efforts to bring a reliable and plentiful source of drinking water to Melissa and surrounding communities.
• Spearheading plans to build the city’s first fire station, constructed mostly with donated materials.
• Ensuring that the Melissa school district had sufficient land and infrastructure for future growth.
• Leading efforts to acquire property and secure developer-provided infrastructure for the Melissa town center project and city hall.
• Expanding Melissa’s tax base through leadership on the Melissa Economic Development Corporation.
• Helping create the city’s first and only four parks.
• Securing grant funding for the city’s hike-and-bike trail system and developing a comprehensive thoroughfare plan."