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Former jailer indicted for improper conduct
Trinity Standard - June 2008
GROVETON – A former Trinity County jailer has been formally charged with having improper sexual contact with a female jail inmate.
Scott Dethloff of Groveton was indicted May 19 by a Trinity County grand jury on the state jail felony charge.
According to the indictment, an incident took place on May 1, 2007 in which Dethloff is alleged to have touched the breast of the female prisoner.
Sheriff Steven Jones, who took office April 27, 2007, said he received information about a possible incident earlier this year. Because it involved a member of his department, Jones contacted Texas Ranger Pete Maskunas of Lufkin to handle the matter.
Dethloff resigned as a jailer shortly after Maskunas launched his investigation.
In other action by the grand jury, Jerry Clyde Riley, 39, of Apple Springs was indicated on the first degree felony charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child.
Riley is charged in connection with an incident alleged to have occurred on April 7 involving a four-year-old child.
A state jail felony theft indictment also was filed against Bobby Evans of Trinity in connection with the Sept. 11, 2007 theft of a Cab Cadet Zero turn mower, a Husquavarna self-propelled push mower and a trailer.
Larry Harrington of Groveton also was indicted on a state jail felony theft of a firearm charge. He was accused of take a firearm from Charles Waldrum on Feb. 9.