NEW DETAILS IN ARREST OF FALLS CO SHERIFF2020-09-23

(MARLIN) New details are out following the arrest of the Falls County Sheriff. 

Texas Department of Public Safety on Tuesday released details on the 5-count indictment against Falls County Sheriff Ricky Scaman. Texas Rangers arrested the 48-year-old Scaman on Monday afternoon on charges of Public Servant, Sexual Assault, and Official Oppression. Scaman was booked into an isolation cell and later released on nearly $200,000 bond. In total, Scaman spent about 5 hours locked up. According to the indictments, Scaman is alleged to have groped, grabbed, or touched a Marlin Police Department employee in a sexual manner, pushed her up against a car, and pulled her hair, all as she responded to an emergency call. Scaman is also alleged to have groped or grabbed a 2nd victim, identified only as a Falls County Jail sergeant, in a sexual manner and pushed her up against a wall during work hours. Falls County District Attorney Jody Gilliam announced she has recused herself in the case. Falls County officials said Scaman will remain Sheriff until he resigns, is convicted, or his term expires. That would conform to Texas laws. Scaman is on the ballot this November and is challenged by Democrat Joe Lopez. Court records show Scaman is no stranger to scandal. He faced sexual harassment and sexual discrimination lawsuits in 2017 and 2019, which were both dismissed. He was also fired by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission in 2011 after photos surfaced of him on duty with topless dancers. He went on to win the job as sheriff in 2016. 


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