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A southern Missouri sheriff and a deputy with whom he had an affair were both indicted last week on felonies — including assault, robbery and harassment — in a scenario that the interim sheriff described as “wheels (falling) off.”
Former Texas County Sheriff James Sigman, 48, and Lt. Deputy Jennifer Tomaszewski, 38, also were indicted on child endangerment and unlawful use of a weapon.
The article goes on to state the following:
Sigman hired Tomaszewski as a jailer in December 2016, which was around the time they began a romance, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported, citing court records. She was then promoted to administrator of the 72-bed jail seven months later, the report said.
The probable cause statement said she did not have “prior experience” when she was promoted.
— Roland Klose (@rwklose) July 28, 2018
Under Sigman and Tomaszewski’s leadership, 40 sheriff’s office employees were fired or quit.
“Our reaction is not necessarily shock, but disappointment — extreme disappointment because the first term that Sheriff Sigman had served, I’ve said this over and over, it was textbook,” Presiding County Commissioner Fred Stenger said. “It was one that everyone could be very proud of.”
Tomaszewski hit an inmate with the mental capacity of a 9-year-old in the face with her elbows after he was rendered unconscious, possibly by a “choke hold,” a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper wrote in a report.
The statement said Sigman was present during the incident and that reports about what happened were removed from the mentally disabled inmate’s file.
The trooper wrote that Tomaszewski also threatened to put a bullet in the head of another inmate but that the grievance the inmate filed was missing when a search warrant was served this spring at the sheriff’s office.
The statement said she went on ride-alongs, acted as an undercover officer during stings and served search warrants during which she would detain suspects, search residences and perform other duties reserved for commissioned officers.
Sigman is “essentially accused of not doing anything to stop his girlfriend (Tomaszweski)” from misrepresenting herself as a peace officer, abusing inmates and putting residents at risk, the Post-Dispatch reported.
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