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

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.