Steven "Craig" Shelton

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Service Record

Whitehouse Texas Police Department

Rank Chief[1]
Dates of Service Ended July 2015[2]
Last Known Status Resigned[3]

Smith County Texas Precinct 1 Constable's Office

Rank Reserve Officer[2]
Dates of Service 2019[2]
Last Known Status Separated

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 booking photo
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]

On May 31, 2023, Shelton was sentenced to 44 months in prison.[11]

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