Johnson County, AR — Former deputy Robert Retford, with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department was arrested last November on charges of sexual assault. His alleged victim was apparently seeking help from the deputy when she said he beat her, raped her and defecated on her, and made her drink his urine. This month, Retford pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the woman and will not spend a single day in jail.
The blue privilege plea deal was negotiated last week and for admitting to the heinous crimes against his victim, he was only sentenced to six months probation — no jail.
The local news outlet stated they do not give out the names of alleged victims. However, this case was different. According in this case, the woman asked to be identified and wants everyone to know what she says the deputy did to her.
In their report on the incident, 40/29 referred to the victim as Shanna.
“This man raped me,” Shanna said.
In September 2016, police responded to a domestic dispute between Shanna and her boyfriend. According to Shanna, Retford offered to take her away from the situation, so she got in his car with him. Shanna told investigators that while the couple was in the car, Retford began fondling her crotch and then made her touch his crotch.
Despite the crotch touching in the car, Shanna said she was brought to a hotel in Clarksville that evening and dropped off by Retford who did not stay there. Instead, Retford gave the stranded and allegedly recently sexually assaulted victim his card and told her to call him in the morning.
Apparently frozen with fear, Shanna stayed at the hotel and then called the deputy in the morning at which time Retford picked her up.
Shanna told police that Retford then brought her to a friend’s house where he proceeded to beat her with either a baton or flashlight.
“After that,” Shanna explained, “he made me drink his urine. He told me to enjoy being covered in his piss, that’s what he said.”
“I think he’s scary, it scares me just talking about him,” Shanna said.
In an interview with 40/29 News, Shanna told them she was on drugs when the assault happened and she does not remember if she told the deputy to stop.
“I don’t know, I guess I just kind of froze up,” Shanna said. “I don’t think I said anything, I don’t think I could speak, I don’t know.”
According to Johnson County Sheriff Larry Jones, Retford was immediately suspended in September after the incident was reported. However, he resigned just four days later, a move many police officers take when accused of a crime in a means to escape accountability — and escape accountability he did.
When the Free Thought Project reported this story last year, Retford was facing up to 10 years in prison. However, because the system of justice in America is broken, Retford is a free man.
Compare Retford’s case to a recent sentence handed down to a man in Louisiana for possessing cannabis and you’ll see just how corrupt and broken the system actually is. While Retford will avoid prison for beating, raping, and urinating on a woman, Gary Howard was convicted of “marijuana possession with intent to distribute” and a Caddo parish judge handed down an 18-year sentence — a year for each gram of cannabis.
Police officers showing up to help people and assaulting them instead is a far too common occurrence as well as escaping with little to no punishment.
After an unnamed victim had been beaten by a male assailant late last year, who she had a restraining order against, she called the police. When police showed up, they arrested her attacker and left. However, hours later, Cpl. Benjamin Candelaria, 48, would return, cover his body camera, and sexually assault the victim, according to the arrest report.
Former state trooper, 36-year-old Samuel H. McHenry II managed to get off with minimal jail time after raping a car accident victim and leaving her stranded afterward.
Officer Micah Meurer responded to a call at a 22-year-old woman’s northwest Amarillo home last year when she was in distress. The officer was later fired after it was exposed that Meurer forced himself on her and raped her.