A Colorado sheriff is accused of sexually assaulting a developmentally delayed inmate at his home as he was (supposed to be) taking her to jail.
43-year-old Sedgwick County Sheriff Tom Hanna is said to have digitally penetrated the woman after asking her if she wanted to make $60.
â€œI just want sex,â€ he told her. The victim told detectives he’d threatened her after the assault which allegedly occurred on August 10th.
â€œThis has to stay between us,â€ he said, according to the arrest affidavit. â€œIf it donâ€™t, Iâ€™m gonna take you to prison for the rest of your life.â€
He denies that he made any sexual contact with the woman and told the Colorado Bureau of Investigation that he doesnâ€™t â€œknow why she would say something like that,â€ but they took him into custody him after the interview Tuesday.
According to a Sedgwick County deputy, Sheriff Hanna showed up at the office that day saying that he was going to drive the female inmate to the Logan County jail. He drove her to his nearby home first, according to investigators.
The woman had trouble putting her thoughts together when an investigator, working off of a tip from the deputy, asked her about Hanna. She claims he made her strip naked then took off his own pants.He then asked her to touch him. She said she didnâ€™t want to do it, so he put his fingers inside of her instead.
He finally took her to the jail that had been their original destination, and added $20 to her commissary account when he dropped her off.
After the woman told the investigator that she felt like she’d been raped and asked him if she had, she threw up in a trash can.
The sheriff told the investigators with CBI agents that he’d added $20 to her account simply because â€œhe has a big heartâ€ and wanted to make sure she had money to use to call her brother. He did admit to taking her to his house, though, and called it a â€œpoor decisionâ€ based on her request to tell him something in private.
He refused to take a lie detector test, according to authroities, and faces charges of sexual assault on an at-risk adult, sexual conduct on a correctional inmate, first-degree official misconduct, and soliciting prostitution.
Initially, he was held in the same jail where he’d eventually dropped off the victim, but was later transported to the Weld County jail.