Texas's top law enforcement officer has been put through part of the legal system himself, after he turned himself into a Collin County jail Monday morning. Paxton was indicted last week on two first-degree felony charges of security fraud and one third-degree felony charge of failing to register.

Prosecutors say Paxton fraudulently told state Rep. Byron Cook (R-Corsicana) that he had personally invested in a tech star-up -- a McKinney-based company named Servergy -- before offering the lawmaker the chance to buy more than $100 thousand in stock in the company.

Servergy is now under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Paxton reported to the Collin County jail Monday before the county unsealed his indictment. His security detail drove him into a garage near the jail, away from a big gathering in front -- protesters calling for his resignation. Paxton was booked and paid his $35 thousand bond, then avoided the cameras and left in the same SUV.

Paxton's attorney, Joe Kendall, said in a statement Monday that Paxton, 52, will be pleading "not guilty" and looking towards a trial by jury. He'll also continue his work as the state's top law enforcer.

This isn't the first time Paxton has faced the court over securities violations. He was fined $1,000 last year for not disclosing to state securities regulators he was receiving commissions for soliciting investors.

Mark McKenzie, a political scientist with Texas Tech, said the indictment doesn't characterize a Democratic "witch hunt," and differs from former Gov. Perry's 2014 indictment of abuse-of-power. 

McKenzie said the location -- McKinney, a typically red area near the Metroplex -- and that a district attorney who recused himself from the case, as he's a partner of Paxton's, make it difficult for Paxton or state GOP leadership to claim the charges are politically motivated.

For McKenzie's full interview, click the video attached to this page.