PARIS — Oxford County Sheriff Wayne Gallant on Friday declined to speak about accusations that he solicited sex from two employees and that he sent an explicit photo of himself to a deputy’s girlfriend.

Reached late Friday afternoon, Gallant said that his attorney will be available to field questions about the matter next week. The sheriff did not say who is representing him.

A television news station reported earlier in the week that it had obtained a photo showing Gallant, in uniform, in a sexually explicit pose. The sheriff admitted to WGME that he had taken the photo himself.

Although Gallant immediately stepped down as president of the Maine Sheriffs’ Association, there was no word on whether he would likewise resign from the sheriff’s position.

On Friday, Gallant said only that his lawyer will be handling questions about the matter.

“Other than that,” the sheriff said, “I have no comments.”

Gallant, a divorced father of three grown sons, is in his third four-year term as sheriff. He was first elected in 2006. 

According to Oxford County attorney Bryan Dench, a move to oust Gallant would have to be made by the governor. County commissioners have not yet said whether they will file a complaint with the governor’s office to begin that process.

Oxford County Sheriff Wayne Gallant (Maine Sheriffs’ Association)

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