State Files Charges Against Texas County Sheriff and Deputy

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HOUSTON. Mo. – Court documents released in connection to the arrests Wednesday of the Texas County Sheriff and one of his deputies allege that the woman assaulted and abused inmates while in custody and endangered children while operating as an officer before she was commissioned.

Sheriff James Sigman and Lt. Jennifer Tomaszewski were taken into custody Wednesday and are being held in area jails today: he is in the Greene County Jail on a half million dollar bond and she is being held in the Shannon County Jail.

Probable cause statements say that Sigman allowed Tomaszewski to act as an officer when she was not authorized to do so and that she at times attempted to gain information through a state law enforcement database, attacked a mentally unstable inmate, pointed a loaded weapon at a 1-year-old child and exposed a minor to “sexually violent offenders and other dangerous criminals.”

Numerous other incidents are detailed in the court documents on Sigman here and on Tomaszewski here

The documents state that Sigman and Tomaszewski were in involved in a romantic relationship since “very near the time she was initially hired at the Sheriff’s Office.”

The two were arrested after they were indicted by a grand jury, following an investigation by the Missouri Highway Patrol. The Lawrence County Prosecutor has been appointed a special prosecutor in the case.

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