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justice

United States

#1 Jan 26, 2009
Former Montague County sheriff admits to sexually assaulting woman after promising not to arrest her

05:51 PM CST on Monday, January 26, 2009
By JASON TRAHAN / The Dallas Morning News
jtrahan@dallasnews.com

The former sheriff of Montague County has admitted to sexually assaulting a woman after promising her he wouldn’t arrest her when deputies found drug paraphernalia in her house.

Bill Keating, whose term as sheriff ended Jan.1, agreed Friday to plead guilty to a federal charge of deprivation of civil rights under color of law after he confessed to authorities that he had forced the woman to give him oral sex following a drug raid on Nov. 14, 2008.

Keating is expected to turn himself in at a hearing at 10:30 a.m. Thursday before Magistrate Judge R. Kerry Roach in Wichita Falls. His attorney, Mark Daniel of Fort Worth, declined to comment Monday.

The FBI and Texas Rangers are investigating further allegations of sexual misconduct by Keating and other former Montague County employees at the jail, and state charges could result, officials said.

“The citizens of the county will be chagrined at what’s going to be shown,” said Montague County District Attorney Jack McGaughey. He said by mid-February he expects to have secured indictments against the former sheriff as well as up to a dozen former jail personnel and prisoners alleging sexual misconduct inside the jail.

According to court papers filed Monday, on the morning of Nov. 14, Keating and some of his deputies executed an arrest warrant at a home occupied by a woman and her boyfriend.

Keating, wearing civilian clothes but with his gun and badge on his belt, entered the bedroom and found the couple sleeping. Deputies found paraphernalia used to make methamphetamine, and traces of what appeared to be meth in a plastic container.

Keating directed his deputies to arrest the boyfriend, then ordered another deputy to leave the bedroom.

“You are about to be my new best friend,” he told the woman after she had gotten dressed and he had closed the door, according to court documents.

He told the woman that he found illegal drugs in her house and that “in order to avoid going to jail, she would be required to ‘assist’ him,” or perform oral sex on him, court documents state.

Keating told the woman that “if she complied… he would assist her in obtaining a job, a place to live and she would not be criminally charged with possessing any drugs or drug making equipment that was found within the residence,” court documents state.

If she did not comply,“she would go straight to jail,” court documents state.

Keating then took the woman to his personal vehicle, which was parked outside. He drove her to a secluded area off a farm to market road and parked.

“He unzipped his pants, instructed [the victim] to perform oral sex on him, and grabbed the back of her neck and pushed her head down into his lap causing her pain and bodily injury,” court papers state.

The sheriff later admitted to federal authorities that he had the woman perform oral sex on him “on multiple occasions” and agree to be a Montague County sheriff’s department informant.

If convicted of the federal charge, Keating faces up to 10 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.

“What a jerk,” said Paul Cunningham, who replaced Keating as sheriff this year, after learning the specifics of the federal charge Monday afternoon.“There ain’t no other way to put it.”
AngelFire

Walnut Springs, TX

#2 Jan 26, 2009
I just can't beleive this.We teach our children, our teens to trust law enforcement and then something like this happens. What are we suppose to tell our childern!!!!!
The Dad

Bowie, TX

#3 Jan 27, 2009
AngelFire wrote:
I just can't beleive this.We teach our children, our teens to trust law enforcement and then something like this happens. What are we suppose to tell our childern!!!!!
Tell them that they can trust most Law Enforcement Officers. It is sad that this has happened and unfortunately there are some authority figures that you can not trust. I am deeply saddened that he has brought this cloud over our county and the Law Enforcement proffession. The only thing that can be done is to learn from his mistakes. I hope that he and the other offenders are given stiff punishment for their actions so that others will think twice before committing these types of crimes.
Mom

Troy, MI

#4 Jan 27, 2009
What's so sad for the county citizens, is that this is only the tip of the iceberg. I believe there will be several going to jail over this. Hope they think it was worth it.
Hate to say

Cypress, TX

#5 Jan 27, 2009
Well, all of you that voted for him last time and this time for that matter are getting exactly what you voted for. I was shocked that he was voted in and even more shocked when he got as many votes this last time around. You don't hire the wolf to guard the hen house!

Since: Aug 08

AOL

#6 Jan 27, 2009
Hate to say wrote:
Well, all of you that voted for him last time and this time for that matter are getting exactly what you voted for. I was shocked that he was voted in and even more shocked when he got as many votes this last time around. You don't hire the wolf to guard the hen house!
You said it. This duy has been a menace to this county since day one.
just me

Troy, MI

#7 Jan 27, 2009
Hate to say wrote:
Well, all of you that voted for him last time and this time for that matter are getting exactly what you voted for. I was shocked that he was voted in and even more shocked when he got as many votes this last time around. You don't hire the wolf to guard the hen house!
I did not vote for him, and as a matter of fact, I campaigned hard against him. Constable Conway hauled his butt all over the county introducing him to everyone, and encouraging people to vote for Keating. Conway may be a "good old boy" but he also gets his share of blame on this one. Keating looked like an old drunk then, and still does.
lola

Jacksboro, TX

#8 Jan 29, 2009
What is interesting is that I have had a hard time finding someone who said/admitted that they DID vote for Keating. If you voted straight ticket for Rep....then you voted for him!!!

(this in no way is directed at the above post)
Hate to say

Cypress, TX

#9 Jan 29, 2009
I have never voted straight ticket... People need to vote for the person and their values, not the affilation they have with a certain party. There is plenty of blame to go around and a lot of clean-up to do. As if Montague County needed anything else to deal with....
lola

Jacksboro, TX

#10 Jan 29, 2009
Well said, "Hate to say". I NEVER EVER vote straight ticket for precisely this reason...some moron gets on the ballot under a party name and rides it all the way to the bank. Or hopefully in this case....all the way to JAIL!

Since: Aug 08

AOL

#11 Jan 29, 2009
Well Its Official lets see what happens next.

A former North Texas sheriff pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to sexually assaulting a woman, admitting he told her it was the only way to avoid jail for a drug charge.

Former Montague County Sheriff Bill Keating faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced in May for the civil rights violation.

He answered “yes, sir” when U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert K. Roach asked if he admitted to committing all elements of the offense listed in the document, including having an “evil motive” by intending to deprive the victim of her rights and causing her bodily injury.

Roach did not detain Keating, saying he did not pose harm to the community and wasn’t a flight risk because of his “stable marriage” and family ties to the area. But Roach ordered Keating, who recently surrendered his Texas peace officer’s license, to turn in his weapons and meet other conditions.

Keating, 62, refused to comment afterward as a federal employee whisked him out of the courthouse.

In the signed plea documents, Keating admitted to forcing the woman to perform a sex act after he and deputies went to her house to arrest her boyfriend one day in November. The one-term sheriff was defeated in a runoff after the March primary election, but his replacement did not take office until earlier this month.

“It’s extremely troubling,” assistant U.S. Attorney Rick Calvert said after the Thursday hearing.“This can and should serve as a wake-up call to all individuals who hold positions of trust.”

Calvert said he did not oppose Keating’s remaining free until the sentencing because this crime and other alleged misdeeds happened when he was acting as the sheriff. Keating will no longer have access to his gun, badge or the jail, Calvert said.

Keating and some jail personnel also face state charges related to having sex with inmates and taking illegal substances into the jail, Montague County District Attorney Jack McGaughey said. He declined to reveal specifics Tuesday but said he would present cases to a grand jury in February.

Although Keating probably will be in prison for some time because there is no parole in the federal system, McGaughey said he plans to pursue state charges against the former sheriff.

“I would like to have the public know everything that was involved here,” McGaughey said after the hearing.“I would like to see the full picture emerge.”

The jail in Montague, 50 miles southeast of Wichita Falls, was immediately shut down and inmates transferred to a nearby facility after Sheriff Paul Cunningham took office Jan. 1. He found that surveillance cameras’ cords had been disconnected; recliners were in cells; some bathrooms and cells could be locked from the inside; and inmates had made partitions out of paper towels to block jailers’ view inside their cells. One alarming discovery was a type of rack made of nails.
just me

Troy, MI

#12 Jan 30, 2009
--- surveillance cameras’ cords had been disconnected; recliners were in cells; some bathrooms and cells could be locked from the inside; and inmates had made partitions out of paper towels to block jailers’ view inside their cells. One alarming discovery was a type of rack made of nails.

Looks like Bittlinger will get his share of this one also. He had to have known what was going on. It was his watch.
crustey

United States

#13 Jan 30, 2009
They're is a new saying in Montague County, a bj a day keeps meth away;
NotWoW

United States

#14 Jan 31, 2009
"Roach did not detain Keating, saying he did not pose harm to the community and wasn’t a flight risk because of his “stable marriage” and family ties to the area. But Roach ordered Keating, who recently surrendered his Texas peace officer’s license, to turn in his weapons and meet other conditions."

"Calvert said he did not oppose Keating’s remaining free until the sentencing because this crime and other alleged misdeeds happened when he was acting as the sheriff. Keating will no longer have access to his gun, badge or the jail, Calvert said."

WTF?'He's a nice guy so we'll let him run free until we sentence him for crimes he has freely admitted to.' Sorry, the dirt bag is anything but a nice guy, throw his sleezy ass in jail.

Since: Aug 08

AOL

#15 Feb 1, 2009
You are right NotWoW. He is a dirtbag and if the shoe was on the other foot he would not hesitate to throw the guilty party into a cell, well if it were a male anyway. I think the way this idiot has acted is a disgrace to the county and to law enforcement everywhere. But that said, I wonder whatg judge Towery will do when keating is broought up on state charges in 97TH District court. I don't think that Keating has made any friends here in the county and I hope he does not get that same chance.
just me

Troy, MI

#16 Feb 1, 2009
I'm not a big fan of Judge Towery, but I do believe he is fair and just and will do what is needed. So--we shall all await with bated breath until the Grand Jury hands down indictments. Still wondering about Montague Co's northern jp who allegedly fondled female prisoners. Wonder if McGaughy will keep it under wraps, or will it come out also.
Jim

Hemphill, TX

#17 Feb 1, 2009
just me wrote:
I'm not a big fan of Judge Towery, but I do believe he is fair and just and will do what is needed. So--we shall all await with bated breath until the Grand Jury hands down indictments. Still wondering about Montague Co's northern jp who allegedly fondled female prisoners. Wonder if McGaughy will keep it under wraps, or will it come out also.
I think McGaughy will do the right thing if the JP is involved.
Time 4 a Change

Euless, TX

#18 Jan 28, 2014
Well, everyone should be glad that Laura Maloney had enough guts to talk about what he did to her. Had she not, there's no telling what else he would've gotten away with by now.
yep

Richardson, TX

#19 Feb 2, 2014
She had him dead to right until she swallered tha evidence.

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