Despite arrest, Nye Co. assistant sheriff goes to work Wednesday
PAHRUMP, Nev. -- The Nye County Sheriff's office has released more information about the arrest of Assistant Sheriff Rick Marshall. Marshall
was arrested at around 7 p.m. Tuesday in Pahrump for possession of stolen property, conspiracy to commit a crime and resisting arrest in connection with stolen campaign signs.
According to the arrest report released Wednesday, the sheriff's office was first told about the campaign sign problem Sunday by the president of Citizens to Elect an Ethical Nye County Sheriff, a political action committee behind the "Anybody but Rick Marshall" campaign in Nye County.
The president, Steve Lee, told the sheriff's office that someone had stolen 40 to 50 campaign signs. He also says he caught the thieves on camera.
"He walks over to one of my signs which was probably about 10-15 feet away, yanks it out of the ground, walks to where his sign is at, throws it behind his signs to kind of cover it up, leaves the stand in the ground," Lee said.
On Tuesday, Lee called the sheriff's office to report that he had spotted Rick Marshall and Marshall campaign volunteer Ben Gulley, a volunteer firefighter, pulling out "Anybody but Rick Marshall" campaign signs from yards along a road in Pahrump.
Sheriff's deputies responded and found Marshall and Gulley with the campaign signs in the back of their truck, although they told deputies that they had found the signs dumped on the side of the road.
During an interview with Gulley, he told police that he had pulled up the signs at the direction of Marshall. He also told deputies that he had done it in the past at the request of Marshall.
Deputies say when they tried to arrest Marshall, he resisted by trying to kick them and by holding onto a metal bar in an attempt to keep them from putting his hands in handcuffs. Deputies also say Marshall continued to resist arrest after he was put into handcuffs by dropping his weight.
Law enforcement sources tell the I-Team the assistant sheriff was widely seen as the frontrunner in the race to replace outgoing Sheriff Tony DeMeo. Sheriff DeMeo is out of the country on vacation.
Despite the charges, sheriff's office sources tell the I-Team that Sheriff DeMeo reversed an earlier decision to place Marshall on leave.
The sheriff's office confirms Marshall worked a full day Wednesday.
Former police captain Bill Becht is one of ten candidates running for sheriff.
"This has been the cleanest race I've ever seen for the sheriffs office in the 24 years I've been here. Every race has always been down and dirty, prior to this. Now, this race came out and it has been relatively clean. Now we have this," Becht said.
This is not the first time Rick Marshall faced criminal charges.
The I-Team obtained newspaper articles from 1986 showing Marshall was charged with sexually harassing a teenage girl while serving as a Ventura, California sheriff's deputy.
Marshall was acquitted of all charges after two trials.
The I-Team also learned the Nye County Law Enforcement Association filed a complaint alleging Marshall sexually harassed an employee last year. Marshall denies those accusations.
The assistant sheriff did not return the I-Team requests for comment.
"There are a lot of good deputies, but the things that happen in the department kind of cover the good deputies up and you really don't see that working," Lee said.
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