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New Oxford County Sheriff Vows To Restore Trust, Rebuild Morale

PARIS, Maine — A Maine county has sworn in a new sheriff whose predecessor faced sexual misconduct allegations.

The Sun Journal reports that Oxford County sheriff James Theriault was sworn in Tuesday and vowed to restore the faith of the community and rebuild morale in the department.

Theriault said he has taken out papers to run for a full four-year term.

Former Oxford County Sheriff Wayne Gallant resigned after county commissioners said its three-week investigation showed Gallant sent a photograph to a female employee of another law enforcement agency that showed his exposed genitals.

The commissioners said Gallant sent text messages to a subordinate officer and his female companion that contained indecent photographs of himself and solicited sex acts and nude pictures.