Falls County Sheriff Ricky Scaman was sued -- twice -- for allegedly sexually assaulting two of his employees. Despite both of the cases being settled, Scaman remained the sheriff and was praised in the local media as a hero. He never faced legal action, likely due to his status as the sheriff. All that has since changed this week, however, as the sheriff has since been arrested.
Scaman was arrested Monday on charges including sexual assault and assault of a public servant, based on an investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety, according to a report in the Waco Tribune.
According to police, Scaman, 48, was booked into Bell County Jail after the Texas Rangers arrested him on a second-degree felony charge of sexual assault and two third-degree felony charges of assault of a public servant.
A Falls County grand jury issued the five-count indictment on Monday. It was presented by the Texas Attorney General’s Office, which will prosecute the case. The indictment accuses this celebrated drug warrior sheriff of multiple crimes, including the sexual assault of one of his colleagues as recent as Aug. 5.
According to the Tribune, the same victim also accused Scaman of making sexually harassing statements and of making unwelcome sexual advances or other verbal or physical contact in August, the indictment states. According to the indictment, one victim claims Scaman grabbed her breasts or genitals, while he was “acting under color of his office as a public servant, namely Falls County sheriff.”
A second accuser alleged in April that Scaman sexually harassed and made sexual advances while he was serving as sheriff. The indictment states that the victim was an employee of the Falls County Jail at the time of the incident.
As stated above, Scaman was sued twice in the last two years by former employees who made similar claims that he subjected them to unwanted sexual advances and harassment. Both lawsuits have since been settled, court documents state.
One of his victims in the lawsuits brought forth disturbing allegations against the sheriff. Former dispatcher and jailer Shirley Lynn Boger, alleged in a lawsuit that Scaman called her into his office on more than 20 occasions and licked her face, groped her and sexually assaulted her.
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“She could barely breath or move. When Scaman was done using [her] body for his personal sexual gratification, he told her to straighten up her uniform and leave his office,” her federal complaint said, adding she “tried to gather her composure and return to her duties on the jail floor.”
Another victim, Nanci Anderson, his former assistant chief deputy, filed a federal lawsuit that compared Scaman to disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein, noting “even a modicum of power in the wrong hands can wreak havoc.”
Anderson said Scaman barraged her with sexual texts, demanded she send him nude photos and repeatedly tried to pressure her to have sex in his hotel room while they were on a work trip.
Naturally, Scaman’s attorney denied both women’s allegations, calling them “completely fabricated.” However, both lawsuits were settled.
The recent charges against this alleged sexual predator now add even more weight to the lawsuits.
As the Washington Post reports, Scaman cast himself as a tough, cowboy-hat-wearing lawman willing to sacrifice his body to personally catch bad guys. After he broke his arm while chasing down a fugitive last year, he told the Waco Tribune, “I couldn’t wait for backup.”
He often sought out the limelight and bragged about being tough on drugs. Scaman boasted about hunting down drug dealers while inviting TV reporters to tag along.
But this drug warrior cop had a dark side that involved more than simply kidnapping and caging people for possessing substances deemed illegal by the state. He was also an alleged rapist and even his fellow cops were fair game. Shameful indeed.
Scaman was placed in the Bell County Jail on Monday evening with a bond listed at $195,000. Hopefully, if he is guilty, he gets the maximum sentence.