If you drive about 30 miles south of Waco or about 60 miles east of Ft. Hood or about 100 miles northeast of Austin, you will find yourself in Falls County.
The sparsely populated farming county has found itself in a few headlines lately after Sheriff Ricky Scaman was named in a pair of federal lawsuits filed by co-workers accusing him of sexual harassment.
Sheriff arrested by Rangers
After two other government workers accused of Scaman groping them and verbally harassing them, the Texas Rangers arrested the 48-year-old lawman, charging him with sexual assault.
According to news reports, Scaman has spent nearly 30 years in law enforcement, and who has “boasted of hunting down drug dealers while inviting TV reporters to tag along.”
However, two years ago, his former assistant chief deputy compared Scaman to Harvey Weinstein in her sexual harassment lawsuit, noting that “power in the wrong hands can wreak havoc.”
She alleged that the sheriff sent her multiple sexual texts, and repeatedly demanded that she send him photos of herself nude.
Last year, a dispatcher and jailer filed her lawsuit, claiming that Scaman grabbed her in his office, licked her face, put his hands into her pants and sexually assaulted her beneath her clothes.
Her lawsuit states what “when Scaman was done using (her) body for his personal sexual gratification, he told her to straighten up her uniform and leave his office.”
The news report states that both lawsuits were dismissed after settlements were reached.
The five-count indictment recently returned by a grand jury says the sheriff sexually abused a female city employee in Marlin, the county seat. A Falls County Jail also said Scaman sexually harassed her and made unwelcome advances earlier this year.
He’s charged with sexual assault, two counts of assault on a public servant and a pair of misdemeanor counts of official oppression.