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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 31, 2013

U.S. Attorney Announces Lufkin Prosecutor

LUFKIN, Texas – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced the hiring of federal prosecutor assigned to the Lufkin office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren Gaston was administered the Oath of Office by U.S. Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn, today before a small crowd of friends, family, and government officials at the Ward R. Burke United States Courthouse .

                Gaston was born and raised in Nacogdoches, Texas and is a graduate of the Downtown Magnet Law High School in Wichita, Kansas, Stephen F. Austin State University and the Texas Tech School of Law.  Gaston began her career as a lawyer as an Assistant District Attorney with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office in 2005.  As an ADA, she was assigned to the family violence courts, but also worked in the general misdemeanor courts, the intake/grand jury division and general trial courts before being moved to the Child Abuse Division.  In 2010, Gaston accepted a position with the Nacogdoches County District Attorney’s Office handling a variety of felony criminal cases, juvenile matters and appellate matters.

                Gaston joins the Lufkin office where she will prosecute a wide range of federal crimes including drug trafficking, white collar crime, immigration matters, violent crimes and child pornography.     

                The Eastern District of Texas is comprised of 43 counties stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the Oklahoma/Texas border.  There are 6 staffed offices located in Beaumont, Lufkin, Tyler, Texarkana, Plano and Sherman with a total of 52 federal prosecutors.

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