Ex-Arkansas sheriff seeks end to registering as sex offender

     (AP) – A former county sheriff convicted of a civil rights

violation while he was in office wants an end to a requirement that he register

as a sex offender.

     Former Independence County Sheriff Ron Webb of Newark was convicted in 1999 on

a misdemeanor count of violating a woman’s civil rights by sexually assaulting

her. He was sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to register as a sex

offender for the rest of his life.

     The county also paid $75,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by

the woman.

     Webb’s motion in federal court to end the reporting was rejected with a

suggestion that he apply to state court in the county where he lives. Webb told

the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that will be his next step.


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