Maine sheriff admits to sending sexually explicit photo in uniform

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The president of the Maine Sheriff’s Association has been ousted after a sexually explicit photograph of the sheriff in his office while in uniform surfaced.

WGME-TV reports Oxford County Sheriff Wayne Gallant confirmed the explicit photo was him Tuesday. Gallant says he sent the photo to a woman he didn’t want to identify.

The Maine Sheriff’s Association said in a statement they don’t condone Gallant’s ‘‘inappropriate actions.’’ According to the association, Vice President Sheriff Kevin Joyce will serve as acting president.

Gallant released a statement saying he should not remain in a leadership position with the association.

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Also, a representative for the union that represents deputy sheriffs tells the Portland Press Herald that Gallant made unwanted solicitations for sex from at least two of his employees, sending sexually explicit images of himself and a cellphone message. A possible phone number for Gallant rang unanswered Wednesday.