POSTED: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 6:21am
UPDATED: Saturday, December 17, 2011 - 10:32pm
HARRISON COUNTY — Sharon Nichols, who was charged with indecency with a child Friday along with her husband, former sheriff’s deputy and local pastor Eddie Nichols, was fired Tuesday from her position as deputy county clerk.
When asked for a comment, she turned around and replied, “I’m not talking to anyone, thank you.”
Nichols, 33, was employed as deputy county clerk from June 2, 2008, until her termination Tuesday. Before that, she worked part-time in the county judge’s office from June 14, 2007, to May 30, 2008.
Harrison County officials were notified Thursday by a Texas State Technical College police officer of an incident involving a deputy and his wife that was reported to them by a school counselor.
The incident was reported by a juvenile female student to a counselor regarding inappropriate sexual contact. Once the Sheriff’s Office was notified, the Harrison County District Attorney’s Office and Child Protection Services of East Texas were immediately notified and an investigation began into the allegations.
After interviews, warrants were obtained by the District Attorney’s Office for the arrest of Deputy Nichols and his wife, Sharon Nichols, on charges of sexual indecency with a child by contact. The charges are a 2nd degree felony, and both were arrested and placed in jail.
Eddie Nichols was arraigned and a bond of $200,000 was placed on him. He is currently in the Harrison County Jail. Sharon Nichols was arraigned and a bond of $100,000 was placed on her. She has been released from jail.
Deputy Nichols has been terminated.
For further information, contact the Harrison County District Attorney’s Office at 903-935-8408.
From Harrison County