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Former Swisher Co. Sheriff denies lawsuit allegations

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Amarillo, TX - A former Swisher County Sheriff facing a lawsuit claiming he sexually abused and exploited two women under his supervision has filed a response in the case.

The suit alleges former Sheriff Emmett Benavidez sexually abused and harassed two women, and repeatedly fondled himself in front of them.

Benavidez resigned in 2011 after confirmed allegations of sexual misconduct.

In late October of 2013, the former sheriff turned himself into authorities, but was released on bond.

Then on Friday, November 8, Benavidez filed a response denying all of the sex abuse allegations from both women in the suit.

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