I was doing some research through The Oklahoman’s archives on an old court case and came across the top news story 20 years ago today. The headline reads “Okmulgee Sheriff Quits; Grand Jury Cites Allegations.”
I always enjoy looking through the archives because it’s a nice way to see how reporting and newspapers have changed over time. If anyone has any interest, I might start posting bits and pieces of more stories from “back in the day.”
I’ve posted a few paragraphs from the story below, but you’ll need to purchase one of our packages to view the rest of the article. Or if you’re already a print subscriber you can activate your account here.
OKMULGEE–Sheriff Jim Hart resigned Wednesday after the state’s multicounty grand jury accused him of corruption and official misconduct, including forcing a female jailer to have sex with him.
In an 11-count ouster petition, jurors also alleged Hart allowed prisoners outside their jail cells, falsified investigative reports and jail inmate medication logs, solicited witnesses to lie in court testimony and filed a false $350 gasoline expense claim.
The former jailer, in October, filed a $1 million sexual harassment claim with Okmulgee County commissioners alleging Hary forced her to resign after she complained to the Oklahoma State Buureau of Investigation.
Story written by Staff Writer Robby Trammell.