Crime

Voters remove Colorado sheriff accused of assaulting inmate

JULESBURG, Colo. - A rural Colorado sheriff accused of taking a developmentally delayed inmate home and sexually assaulting her has been removed from office.

Tom Hanna lost a recall election in Sedgwick County on Tuesday by a vote of 944 to 89. Voters picked sheriff's deputy Larry Neugebauer to replace him.

The alleged assault happened in August. Hanna has been charged with five crimes, including sexual assault on an at-risk victim.

The arrest affidavit says Hanna denied the allegations. According to court documents, he told an investigator that he wanted to interview the inmate after she reported having information on her cell phone about a crime but admitted making a mistake by taking her to his home.

Hanna's lawyer didn't return a telephone call seeking comment.


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