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Accused Harrison County official loses job

By BY Robin Y. Richardson ryrichardson@new-journal.com
Oct. 4, 2011 at 11 p.m.


MARSHALL - Sharon Nichols, who was charged with indecency with a child Friday along with her husband, former sheriff's deputy and local pastor Eddie Nichols, was fired Tuesday from her position as deputy county clerk.

When asked for a comment, she turned around and replied, "I'm not talking to anyone, thank you."

Nichols, 33, was employed as deputy county clerk from June 2, 2008, until her termination Tuesday. Before that, she worked part-time in the county judge's office from June 14, 2007, to May 30, 2008.

Her husband, who is also an ordained minister, was employed with the sheriff's office for three-and-a-half years until his termination.

Before his employment with the sheriff's office, the 49-year-old worked for 13 years as a police officer with Marshall Police Department, where he also served as chaplain.

Nichols' position as pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship, on U.S. 59, could not be verified Tuesday, but there is a sign at the church noting that a parking space is "Reserved for Pastor Eddie Nichols."

The couple was arrested Friday and placed in the Harrison County jail. Both have been arraigned. Eddie Nichols was charged with two counts of indecency with a child by contact; his bail was set at $200,000. His wife, whose bond was set at $100,000, posted bond immediately and was released.

District Attorney Coke Solomon said the Texas Rangers assisted his office and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services with the investigation of the allegations.

Indecency with a child by contact is a second degree felony. The punishment range is a term of not more than 20 years or less than two years in prison. In addition, a fine not to exceed $10,000 may be imposed.

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