Indicted: Taylor Co. Commissioner Accused of "Unwanted Sexual Contact"

TAYLOR COUNTY, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - A Taylor County Commissioner accused of having unwanted sexual contact with a woman at a fundraiser in February has been indicted on charges connected to the allegations. 

Brad Birchum, Commissioner for Precinct 3, turned himself in to the Callahan County Jail Friday afternoon after he was indicted in Taylor County Thursday for Official Oppression and Public Lewdness. He was released from jail after posting a $5,000 bond. 

Court documents claim Birchum made "unwanted sexual advances" toward a woman then groped her breast in public place at the Fire and Ice Benefit in Buffalo Gap, Texas, on February 13, 2017. 

The documents further argue that Birchum was "reckless about whether another was present who would be offended or alarmed by his act".

Birchum referred KTAB and KRBC to his attorney Ken Leggett when questioned about these allegations. Leggett said he had no comment due to the pending litigation and that he was waiting for the Discovery phase of the trial to find out what evidence prosecutors have against his client. 

Judge Downing Bolls told KTAB and KRBC Birchum will remain in his position as a Taylor County Commissioner unless a District Court rules he must be removed from office.  Judge Bolls also had no comment on the allegations against Birchum. 

BigCountryHomepage will have the latest information on this developing story. Check back for updates in the coming days. 

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