Oxford county administrators mum on sheriff 'sexting' controversy

Investigation into Oxford County sheriff

SOUTH PARIS, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - NEWS CENTER visited the Oxford County Sheriffs Department on Monday to try and speak with Sheriff Wayne Gallant about sexual misconduct allegations.

Gallant wasn’t at work – which county administrator Scott Cole says is normal. He says the sheriff doesn’t usually work in the office on Mondays.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the sheriff told them his lawyer would be speaking to the media sometime this week.

Here's what we know so far: A spokesperson for the union that represents 23 officers is calling for the Sheriff to resign.

►Union head calls for sheriff to resign

Ray Cote says he received reports that Sheriff Gallant sent multiple sexually explicit photos of himself to an employee's girlfriend, and also reports that the sheriff solicited sex from at least one employee.

NEWS CENTER has obtained those photos.

County administrator Scott Cole confirmed that the Sheriff has been under investigation since early November.

We spoke with him again today - and he says he can't even tell us what the investigation is about.
“I can’t go into any details,” he said. He said county officials were presented with a “body of information” that led to an investigation.

Sheriff Gallant has resigned as the president of the Maine Sheriffs’ Association, but not as the Oxford County Sheriff.

The only person with the authority to remove a sheriff is Governor Paul LePage, after a recommendation from county commissioners. The Governor’s office did not respond to multiple requests for comment on the matter.

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