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Former West Texas Sheriff To Spend 30 Days in Jail For Official Oppression

Staff Report
The Associated Press

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.

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