Central Texas sheriff named in federal suit alleging sexual assault
A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Waco against Falls County Sheriff Ricky Scaman alleges that a former sheriff’s office employee was sexually assaulted more than 20 times and subjected to an “intolerable work environment.”
The suit seeks unspecified actual, compensatory, punitive and exemplary damages.
The plaintiff, Shirley Boger, worked for the Falls County Sheriff’s Office from July 2017 until March 8, 2018, first as a part-time dispatcher and later as both a part-time dispatcher and part-time jailer, the suit says.
“Almost immediately after Plaintiff Boger began working at the Sheriff’s Department, Scaman began making unwanted, sexual comments toward her. This behavior of Scaman continued from July 2017 until late November 2017,” the lawsuit alleges.
Then, during the week of Nov. 27, 1017, Scaman paged Boger while she was on duty in the jail and told her to come to his office where he, “pulled her in close to him, and started kissing and licking her face,” the suit alleges.
“Scaman then proceeded to grope her, rubbing his hands on her breasts and her buttocks” and manually penetrated her genitals, the suit alleges.
Similar incidents occurred on at least 20 more occasions until the first week of February in 2018, the suit alleges when “she informed Scaman that she would not allow him to sexually exploit her anymore.”
After she did, the suit says, Scaman made her “work environment intolerable.”
Boger filed a discrimination charge against Scaman and Falls County in May 2018 with the Texas Work Force Commission and received a letter from the agency on Dec. 6, 2018, “giving her the right to sue for state law violations,” the suit says.
Scaman's attorney, Robert Davis, issued this statement in response to the suit:
"In my 30 plus years of practicing law, Ms. Boger, in my opinion, is the craziest Plaintiff I have ever encountered. She is a former stripper. We even have a statement from another former employee that Ms. Boger had sex with him for his agreement to testify falsely against Sheriff Scaman. We will see this former disgruntled employee at trial."
Scaman’s former assistant chief deputy, Nanci Anderson, has also filed a federal lawsuit over a complaint she filed in August 2017 with the Texas Workforce Commission that was never resolved.
Anderson resigned in June of 2017 after less than six months on the job.
Anderson's attorneys confirmed a past friendship with Scaman, but said a chain of text messages clearly shows she was deflecting his overtly inappropriate behavior.
The attorneys for both Falls County and for Scaman have said Anderson and Boger both have a financial motive in the lawsuits.
"I'm not going to stand by and be falsely accused of something. I'll fight to the bitter end," Scaman told KWTX in June.
During a hearing in November 2018, the parties agreed that a jury trial would be possible in September.