ARAPAHO, Okla. - Authorities have charged a western Oklahoma sheriff with coercing and bribing female inmates so he could use them in a sex-slave operation run out of his jail.There are a few more charges like suborning perjury and kidnapping. He faces a total of 467 years in jail if convicted - though it's unlikely he would be sentenced to that.
Custer County Sheriff Mike Burgess resigned Wednesday just as state prosecutors filed 35 felony charges against him, including 14 counts of second-degree rape, seven counts of forcible oral sodomy and five counts of bribery by a public official.
And for all of that, he was faced with $50,000 bail. He posted and was released.
The Criminal Justice System (so-called) is not about justice, and often includes a lot of criminal behavior. (Check the Cops Behaving Badly link.)
Oh, the other cops? Well the under-sheriff was "shocked." I imagine a lot of people are going to proclaim their ignorance and innocence. "I know nothing" will become a mantra very soon. Of course, he didn't do all of this in a vacuum, and other officers had to know about it. I wonder if any of them will face justice, or if anything will be done to ensure this doesn't happen again. [iFeminists]