(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
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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