Former county official indicted

Published 7:06 pm Friday, April 4, 2014

A former county animal control officer is headed to circuit court on an indictment of four sexual abuse charges. 

Christopher Allen Triplett, 43, the former Animal Control officer for the Dallas County Sherriff’s office was indicted Wednesday on the two counts of third-degree sodomy and two counts of second-degree rape of the 16-year-old female he reportedly assaulted in late June.

Triplett, who was released on a bond totaling $120,000, will be arraigned in circuit court District Attorney Michael Jackson said.

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According to Lt. Curtis Muhannad with the Selma Police Department, the victim was working at the Selma Animal Shelter under the summer youth work program.

According to the police report the female victim made to police, Triplett picked her took her to two separate locations in Sardis on two separate occasions to performed sexual acts with her.

The acts are all classified as Class B felonies.

Dallas County Probate Judge Kim Ballard told the Times-Journal in June that decision to fire Triplett from his position, which is under the control of the Dallas County commission, was not difficult.

“After learning of the charges, it was a quick decision to let him go,” Ballard said.