Former Melissa mayor indicted on extortion charges



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Posted on September 13, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 13 at 6:36 PM

MELISSA -- David Dorman, former mayor of Melissa, Texas, north of Dallas, has been indicted on charges of trying to extort $70,000 from a real estate developer while he was in office.

The developer faces bribery charges. Dorman was the unpaid mayor of Melissa for nine years.

The charges surround the laying of water and sewer lines on property owned by real estate developer John Christie. In 2006, the property was in the City of McKinney. But Dorman allegedly offered to get the property annexed to the City of Melissa, where he was mayor, and get the lines laid, at city expense, in exchange for $70,000.

The indictment charges that in 2007, Christie provided a cash payment of $10,000 to Dorman, delivered to Dorman's home in a Crown Royal whiskey bag. The charge further alleges that Christie also provided Dorman with a $10,000 check.

In 2009, a News 8 investigation outlined citizen complaints against Dorman in cases involving the City of Melissa's water tower, which was located adjacent to a Dorman real estate partnership, and proposals for a road which would have been adjacent to another Dorman parcel.

Dorman told News 8 he never made any money on real estate while he was mayor. He was defeated in a 2009 election.

Dorman's attorney said his client will plead not guilty and vigorously fight the charges. Dorman's attorney said his client is an entrepreneur and U.S. Army veteran.

Dorman told News 8 in 2009 he is a Korean War veteran. Dorman is not old enough to have served in that war.