Dallas County judge arrested in assault

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Associated Press

Posted on December 29, 2013 at 3:32 PM

DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas-based state district judge is free on bond after being arrested on charges he dragged his girlfriend by the hair, choked her and held her against a balcony's edge.

Carlos Raul Cortez, a civil court judge since 2006, was released on $15,000 bond after his arrest Saturday on assault and family violence charges.

Police reports say a 26-year-old woman told police the disturbance at his Dallas apartment began with a fight over medication belonging to a juvenile living there. Police reported seeing red marks on the woman's neck.

A home phone number for the Cortez, a Democrat, could not be located.

In September, Cortez received a Medal of Friendship from the Mongolian government for his involvement in a smuggling case where a dinosaur skeleton sale was halted.

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