Oklahoma's scandal-plagued sheriffs: A sampling
Oklahoma has had a long history of county sheriffs getting themselves into trouble ranging from sex scandals to old-fashioned extortion. The latest is Love County Sheriff Joe Russell who was arrested Tuesday, accused of maintaining a house where drugs are kept and of harboring a fugitive. Here's a look at some of the state's troubled sheriffs throughout recent years.
Wagoner County Sheriff Bob Colbert was indicted by a grand jury in March. He stands accused of taking a $10,000 bribe during a traffic stop. The sheriff is accused of extorting a motorist and his passenger during a traffic stop.
Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz found himself in hot water after one of his reserve deputies shot and killed a man. The deputy, Robert Bates, was found to have had insufficient training and was sentenced to prison for the shooting. Glanz has resigned, and recently pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor. The incident exposed widespread corruption inside the department he ran.
Carter County Sheriff Milton Anthony was arrested in June after he was accused of trying to coerce an employee 40 years his junior into having a sexual relationship with him in exchange for Milton hiring her husband as a deputy.
Love County Sheriff Wesley Liddell Jr. found himself in hot water in 1989 when he was indicted for plotting to kidnap and torture a north Texas drug dealer, in hopes of locating drug labs inside Oklahoma. Liddell and his deputy were allegedly planning on using a curling iron as a torture device. Liddell was eventually acquitted of the charges.
Former Custer County Sheriff Mike Burgess was sentenced to 79 years in prison in 2009 after he was found guilty of using his position to extort sex from female drug court defendants. Burgess was found to have raped two women during the trial, meeting one at an area motel for sex and assaulting another in his car.
Former McIntosh County Sheriff Terry Alan Jones and his undersheriff, Mykol Travis, were convicted of embezzlement and taking money from a motorist. The offense landed him 14 years in prison.
Latimer County Sheriff Melvin Holly was convicted in 2005 on 14 counts related to sexual abuse of inmates and employees at that county's jail. The federal charges carried with them a sentence of 25 years.