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.
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.
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 declined to comment through a friend, but Sigman spoke with the newspaper and used an expletive to describe the official story.
“It’ll all come out in the end, that’s all I can tell you,” Sigman said as he shut the door.
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SOURCE: Amy Lieu