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Sheriff charged with using job to get sex

ARAPAHO, Okla., April 18 (UPI) -- An Oklahoma county sheriff has been charged with forcing sexual favors from women by threats of prison.

Michael Burgess resigned as sheriff of Custer County in western Oklahoma and then surrendered late Wednesday, KOKO-TV in Oklahoma City reported. He faces 35 charges, including 14 counts of second-degree rape and one of bribery of a public official.

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Burgess, who had been sheriff since 1994, even arranged wet T-shirt contests at the county jail, investigators said.

The investigation began last year when a woman participating in the drug court program said Burgess threatened her with imprisonment unless she had sex with him.

In another case, Burgess allegedly got a woman to go to a victim's house and remove evidence by offering to get her brother out of jail. He is also charged with perjury for coaching a woman who was trying to get a restraining order against her husband, and with molesting a female under sheriff.

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