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Oxford County Sheriff Resigns Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Oxford County Sheriff Wayne Gallant has resigned after admitting to sending a lewd photo of himself to a woman two years ago, and allegations that he solicited sex from co-workers.

“Sheriff Wayne Gallant just resigned effective immediately, he sent that in writing. He made that decision after long discussions with his family, his priest and after consulting with me,” says Jim Martemucci, Gallant’s lawyer.

Martemucci says the sheriff wants to thank the residents of Oxford County for allowing him to serve as their sheriff for 11 years.

“He feels very honored and privileged to have served the citizens of Oxford County for 11 years, and to have served other communities as a law enforcement officer. But beyond that, he has nothing further to say and he hopes this matter is now at an end,” he says.

Gov. Paul LePage will name a replacement to serve out the remainder of Gallant’s term. It is likely that lawsuits will be filed by those alleging Gallant’s misbehavior in the workplace.

This story was originally published Dec. 6, 2017 at 5:03 p.m.