New Photos Surface Of Sheriff Under Investigation For Sending Sexually Explicit Image To Woman

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PARIS, Maine (WMTW) - New photos have surfaced as an investigation continues into Oxford County Sheriff Wayne Gallant for allegedly sending sexually explicit photos to county employees.

County employee union representative Ray Cote said there could be as many as 12 photos of Gallant.

Cote provided our media partner WMTW News 8 with several sexual photos soliciting activity that Cote said were sent by the sheriff to employees.

Cote said the union first became aware of the photos in early November when a union member came forward.

An investigation by Oxford County continues and several union members have been interviewed.

County Administrator Scott Cole said Gallant admitted at a meeting last week that he sent sexually explicit photos to a woman, but did not identify the woman.

Cote said employees felt pressured by Gallant, who allegedly sent the photos directly, and Cote said local law enforcement staff feel Gallant should be held to a higher standard.

Cote said, "The Oxford County commissioners, it is incumbent upon them to wrap up their investigation, in a timely manner, make the recommendation to the governor that the sheriff be removed, and at that point I believe the governor should remove the sheriff."

Cole said county commissioners should get an update on the investigation, possibly next week.

Once the report is complete, commissioners could send the report to governor Paul LePage, who is the only person who could remove Gallant from office.

Gallant's attorney has not responded to numerous requests for comment from our media partner WMTW.