Steven "Craig" Shelton

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Service Record

Agency Whitehouse Texas Police Department
Rank Chief[1]
Dates of Service Ended July 2015[2]
Last Known Status Resigned[3]
Agency Smith County Texas Constable Precinct 1 Office
Rank Reserve Officer[2]
Dates of Service 2019[2]
Last Known Status Separated
Agency Van Zandt County Texas Sheriff's Office
Rank Chief Deputy
Dates of Service January 1 2021 - January 14, 2022[2]
Last Known Status Separated

Incident Reports

2015 Sexual Assault Accusation

On May 14, 2015, a woman accused Shelton of "grabbing and pushing" her and later claimed that Shelton touched her chest, grabbed her head, and groped other private areas.[2][1]

Response Timeline

Shelton was placed on paid administrative leave.[4]

On July 8, 2015, Shelton was charged with assault, a class A misdemeanor.[5]

On July 24, 2015, the charges were dismissed after the accuser lied under oath about an earlier affair she had with someone else.[3]

On July 27, 2015, Shelton resigned.[3]

2021 Assault of Nicholas Crouch

Steven "Craig" Shelton

Response Timeline

On January 10, 2022, Shelton admitted to striking Crouch and agreed to permanently surrender his peace officer license in a deal to avoid local prosecution for use of excessive force.[6][7]

On January 19, 2022, the Texas Rangers opened an investigation into Shelton's actions.[8]

On March 31, 2022, Shelton surrendered his license and entered a pre-trial intervention contract.[2]

On July 6, 2022, Shelton pleaded guilty to federal charges of deprivation of rights under color of law and faces a 44-month prison sentence.[9][10]

LEO Ratings

Training and Tactics rating: neutral
Protect & Serve rating: neutral
Individual Rights rating: bad
Accountability and Integrity rating: neutral
Off Duty rating: neutral
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