Ex-Dallas County DA investigator pleads guilty to bribery

A former chief investigator for the Dallas County District Attorney's Office has pleaded guilty to bribery conspiracy for soliciting and accepting a bribe.

Anthony Robinson worked under former DA Craig Watkins. He admitted to taking a $200,000 bribe from a defendant to get the man’s criminal charges dropped.

Robinson, a 53-year-old Mesquite resident, pleaded guilty in Dallas to an indictment returned in June 2015. The documents were unsealed Tuesday. He could get up to five years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced Oct. 12.

As part of the plea deal, he agrees to pay $32,000 in restitution on top of any court-ordered restitution.
Pete Schulte, a former Dallas County prosecutor not involved in the case, appeared on FOX 4 News at 9 to talk about the investigation.

“There’s no evidence that Mr. Watkins was involved in any of this. I want to be clear about that. But I’m sure the feds are looking at that because when you have corruption at that high level at the DA’s office, if you don’t have the feds involved people can get away with that,” he said.