Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the number of charges Brasher pleaded guilty to. We regret the error.
WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — A former deputy with the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office facing a total of 13 charges related to alleged sexual misconduct against inmates won’t serve any time in jail after reaching a plea deal on Wednesday, February 22, 2023.
Brett Alan Brasher, 51, of Wichita Falls, entered a plea of guilty on Wednesday morning to one count of violating the civil rights of a person in custody, one count of solicitation of prostitution, and three counts of official oppression, according to court documents.
Brasher was sentenced to five years of probation on the civil rights violations and the count of solicitation of prostitution. He received two years of probation on the other three charges. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss the six other charges against Brasher as a part of the plea bargain.
According to court documents, those probation terms will be served concurrently. In addition, Brasher will be required to perform 240 hours of community service. Brasher will also be required to permanently surrender his law enforcement license and certificates.
Brasher was facing a total of 13 charges:
- Violation of person in custody’s civil rights (2 counts)
- Official oppression (8 counts)
- Compelling prostitution by force, threat, coercion, or fraud
- Promoting prostitution
- Soliciting prostitution
A jury trial for the charges against Brasher was set to get underway on Monday, February 27, 2023, but the plea came on Wednesday morning ahead of a scheduled pre-trial hearing in the 30th District Court.
The alleged sexual misconduct took place between August 25, 2021, and October 29, 2021. Five female inmates are listed in the indictment as victims, and prosecutors planned to call them and possibly other inmates to testify.
However, according to court documents, it appears some witnesses did not wish to cooperate, and some video of an alleged incident between Brasher and a civilian in a private business had been lost. Other jail surveillance video did not clearly show some of the alleged incidents.
One inmate told authorities a local bondsman was also involved in soliciting inmates for sexual acts.
An initial plea bargain was offered in March 2022 by the Wichita County District Attorney’s Office, but that offer was declined by Brasher’s attorney.
Other counts listed in the indictment alleged Brasher forced inmates to submit to sexual harassment by threatening to withhold privileges, such as phone use, television, and commissary.
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