Ex-West Texas sheriff gets 30 days for oppression
CANYON, Texas (AP) - A former West Texas sheriff accused of making improper advances to a female county worker must serve 30 days in jail for misdemeanor official oppression.
Ex-Swisher County Sheriff Emmett Benavidez of Tulia pleaded guilty Monday in Canyon. The 65-year-old former lawman will be allowed to serve the Randall County jail term on weekends, starting Friday, as part of the plea agreement.
Prosecutors say Benavidez in 2011 sexually harassed a former Swisher County worker while he was on official business in neighboring Randall County. He resigned amid the investigation.
Benavidez was also sentenced to a year of probation, fined $500 dollars and must do 30 hours of community service. He's also required to attend a course on making rational decisions.