Home » NEWS » Woman accuses ex-deputies and sheriff of sexual misconduct

Woman accuses ex-deputies and sheriff of sexual misconduct

A former inmate in a Mississippi county filed a lawsuit saying she was forced to have sex with two deputies and sexually harassed by a former sheriff while she was behind bars.

Elizabeth Reed filed the lawsuit against former Noxubee County Sheriff Terry Grassaree and former deputies Vance Phillips and Damon Clark, news outlets reported Tuesday.

The lawsuit, filed late last month, states that Reed was forced to have sex with Phillips and Clark while awaiting trial on a capital murder charge in the 2015 shooting death of Kristopher Haywood. In exchange, the lawsuit states Reed was given a cellphone, had a sofa in her cell and was treated as a trusty, with benefits not granted to other inmates.

The lawsuit also states Grassaree inappropriately touched Reed and demanded that she send him sexually explicit videos, photos and texts from her prohibited cellphone while behind bars.

Reed and three other suspects were released from jail in November 2019 after new evidence was found, WCBI-TV reported.

The former deputies and sheriff had not commented on the lawsuit, news outlets reported. It was unclear whether they had attorneys who could comment on their behalf.


… we’d like to ask for your support. More people are reading the Mississippi Business Journal than ever before, but advertising revenues for all conventional media are falling fast. Unlike many, we do not use a pay wall, because we want to continue providing Mississippi’s most comprehensive business news each and every day. But that takes time, money and hard work. We do it because it is important to us … and equally important to you, if you value the flow of trustworthy news and information which have always kept America strong and free for more than 200 years.

If those who read our content will help fund it, we can continue to bring you the very best in news and information. Please consider joining us as a valued member, or if you prefer, make a one-time contribution.

Click for more info

About Associated Press