Paxton appeared for processing on the charges and posed for a mug shot in Collin County, near Dallas. Bail was set at $35,000, and Paxton immediately posted bond and was released, according to the Collin County Sheriff’s office.
Neither Paxton nor the special prosecutors appointed to the case have commented on the indictment. Paxton took his post earlier this year as the state’s top law-enforcement official, pledging a fight against abortion, same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.
A grand jury in July heard evidence presented by the prosecutors and the Texas Rangers. It returned the indictment that includes first-degree felony charges, which can bring up to 99 years in prison.
Paxton drew national attention when he said county clerks in Texas who object to gay marriage on religious grounds can refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June requiring states to allow same-sex marriage.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Tea Party Republican, turned himself in on Monday and was booked on three felony charges involving suspected securities fraud, a case critics have said undermines the integrity of the state’s top law man.