Oxford County Sheriff admits to sending sexually explicit photo while in office, uniform
PORTLAND (WGME) – A county sheriff admits to CBS 13, he sent a sexually explicit photo while in office and in uniform.
Sheriff Wayne Gallant is in his 3rd term as Oxford County Sheriff and is also the President of the Maine Sheriff's Association.
Tuesday, CBS 13 uncovered a sexually explicit photo taken by the sheriff in his office, and we confronted him.
We have blurred a majority of the photo in question because it is too graphic to put on television.
Tuesday night, Sheriff Gallant confirmed to us that the person in this photo is him and that he did take it while in his office and while in uniform.
Gallant says he sent the photo to a woman who he did not want to identify.
Sheriff Gallant denied our request for an on camera interview about his conduct but did tell us in a statement:
"I bring discredit to myself, to my uniform, my badge and the Maine Sheriff's Association. The appropriate thing for me to do is not remain in a leadership position with the Association and to step down."
What happens from here isn't clear.
As a county sheriff he takes an oath and subscribes to the International Association of Chiefs of Police code of ethics, which states:
"I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all and will behave in a manner that does not bring discredit to me or to my agency."
Tuesday night we asked the Oxford County Attorney what steps county government will take in regards to the sheriff's conduct.
He told us the commissioners can consider filing a report with the governor's office, who then can determine if a state statute was violated and if there should be disciplinary action.