DOBSON — A Mount Airy dentist was charged with contempt and fined $100 during a civil proceeding in Surry County District Court on Thursday.
Representing himself, Dr. Thomas Richard Jackson, of Sheep Farm Road, had appeared in court seeking a permanent no-contact order against Travis Creed, of Mount Airy.
Jackson alleged that Creed, who also represented himself during the proceeding, had communicated threats of bodily injury to him and had trespassed on his personal property and at the Surry County Airport.
The plaintiff indicated that the no-contact complaint was part of a “larger trial next month,” but was instructed by Judge William Southern not to address outside matters.
Jackson is scheduled to appear in criminal District Court on March 16 for a charge of violating a domestic violence protective order and on April 19 for three counts each of misdemeanor child abuse and assault on a child under the age of 12 and two counts each of assault on a female and violating a domestic violence protective order.
During the hearing, Southern repeatedly corrected Jackson for interrupting, speaking while the judge spoke and for improperly questioning witnesses.
While Creed returned to the defense table after testifying on his own behalf, Jackson commented to him quietly.
Southern asked Jackson to stand, having to repeat himself three times before the plaintiff complied.
“I’ll give you the opportunity to restate to the court what you said under your breath,” Southern said.
Jackson told the judge what he had said to Creed: “You’re going to go down in this in the end.”
“I’m holding you in court for interrupting,” Southern said. “After multiple opportunities to control yourself, to control your temper, I’m unclear why you think you or anyone else would be right by saying anything under your breath. The fact you take it upon yourself making underhanded comments gives rise to the fact that you hold nothing but contempt for this court.”
Jackson subsequently apologized to the judge and court.
Because “only hearsay evidence” had been presented, Southern denied the no-contact complaint, but advised the two men to avoid contact with each other to avoid having to reappear in court.
He fined Jackson $100 “for disregarding this court’s proceedings and for disparaging remarks.”
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