Chief U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson has sentenced former Sorrento Police Chief Earl Theriot Jr. to probation with no jail time after he lied to the FBI about an alleged sexual assault of a woman under arrest. Theriot will have to pay just $2,500. No state charges have been brought thus far against Theriot for the alleged assault of the 42-year-old woman who was arrested for public intoxication.
Theriot now admits that he lied to the FBI and that he had “inappropriate sexual contact” with the heavily intoxicated woman last November. The woman has sued him in federal court for “sexual assault.”
Theriot claims his sexual contact with the woman was consensual. However, he was dealing with a woman in his custody, making consent theories highly questionable. The woman said that she was severely intoxicated and that Theriot promised not to take her to jail if she gave him oral sex after he found her drunk and unconscious at a Sorrento gas station. She says that he gave her vodka and forced her to perform oral sex over a four-hour period. She says that she was also bound under the desk in his office. She says that Theriot took her to the police station and sexually assaulted her while she was bound with handcuffs and her belt. In the most astonishing detail, she claims Theriot hid her under his desk while he met with the mayor. She says that she tried at that time to make a phone call for help.
Federal prosecutors had required that Theriot step down from office before he entered his guilty plea.
He faced six months in prison but received two years of probation. Judge Brian Jackson took into consideration the fact that he helped the FBI with an ongoing investigation, but it is not clear what that investigation was since Theriot admitted to lying in his own investigation.
Prosecutors are still considering state charges.