Collin County Jail records confirm that Allen Mayor Pro Tem Gary Caplinger was arrested by Collin County authorities Thursday morning on two child pornography charges, with one charge including intent to promote.
Jail records show that Caplinger was held and later released on an $80,000 surety bond for two offenses reported by authorities to have taken place on Aug. 5, 2019 and March 25, 2020, respectively. Nick Bristow of the Collin County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Caplinger turned himself in.
The city of Allen issued a statement regarding the arrest:
"We were shocked to learn today of the arrest of Councilmember and Mayor Pro Tem Gary Caplinger on charges related to child pornography,” the statement read. “The case did not originate with the Allen Police Department.
"Councilmember Caplinger was first elected to the Allen City Council in 2005 and has served as mayor pro tem since 2012. Due to term limits, he is currently serving his final term that expires in May 2021."
Caplinger’s attorney, Todd Shapiro, confirmed that despite communitywide condemnation, he has not yet made a decision on whether he will finish the remainder of his term.
“If he decides to step down and makes that decision [thinking] it’s best for him and his family, then that’s up to him, but it’s not going to be due to any other reasons,” he said.
Shapiro also added that the end of his term will happen well before a verdict is reached.
“We don’t have any evidence yet. We haven’t done any discovery. There’s been no discussions from a plea bargain standpoint [or] if he decides to fight the charges and take the case to trial,” he said. “You’re talking about 2022 and beyond for this case to be resolved … his term on the City Council will come and go well before resolution of this matter.”