Women: Former Missouri sheriff made them expose themselves
June 16, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A former northwest Missouri sheriff faces eight federal misdemeanor counts of depriving women of their civil rights for allegedly forcing them to expose themselves.

Prosecutors say former Worth County Sheriff Neal Groom talked the women into exposing various body parts during searches. They say Groom forced four women to show their breasts, while others showed their lower abdomen and stomach in searches from May 2006 through December 2007.

The 60-year-old served for eight years before losing his election bid in 2008. The U.S. attorney's office in Kansas City says Groom hasn't made a court appearance, and it's unclear if he has an attorney.

His initial appearance and a change of plea hearing are scheduled for Aug. 10 in Kansas City.