Lawsuit alleges former Missouri sheriff stole drugs, assaulted woman


BETHANY, Mo. (AP) — A woman has alleged in a civil rights lawsuit that a former northwest Missouri sheriff gave her drugs and sexually assaulted her.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports that the claims involve former Harrison County Sheriff Joshua Eckerson. He killed himself last year after a special prosecutor charged him with misdemeanor counts of misuse of official information by a public servant, trespassing, and domestic assault.

It’s unclear if those charges are related to the lawsuit because the criminal court documents are sealed.

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