Follow CBSDFW.COM: Facebook | Twitter

PALO PINTO (CBSDFW.COM) – Palo Pinto County Sheriff Ira Mercer was indicted for two counts of unlawful interception of oral communication, according to the Attorney General’s office.

READ MORE: ERCOT Shuts Down Wholesale Electricity Provider Griddy In Texas

Mercer is accused of using a tape recorder to spy on his former girlfriend last year.

A sheriff since 2004, Mercer turned himself into authorities.

READ MORE: Texas Lawmakers Call On Public Utility Commission Chair To Resign

Despite his felony indictment,  Mercer isn’t disqualified for serving out his term as sheriff until December 2016.

(©2016 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

MORE NEWS: Plumber Shortage, Supply Chain Issues Delay North Texas Winter Storm Repairs