former deputy sheriff with the Dallas County, Alabama, Sheriff’s Office
was sentenced today in the Southern District of Alabama to 12 and a
half years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman while he was on
According to the superseding information and plea documents, on Jan.
30, 2020, Joshua Davidson, 33, while on duty as a Dallas County deputy
sheriff, placed the victim in custody and drove her down a dark road to a
desolate location where the victim performed oral sex on him against
her will. The victim, who reported the assault immediately, was in fear
that Davidson would shoot her if she did not cooperate.
“Today’s sentence sends a clear message that officers who abuse their
positions of power to sexually assault women in their custody will face
significant prison time for their unlawful actions,” said Assistant
Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights
Division. “The Justice Department will not tolerate sexual misconduct
committed by law enforcement officers who were sworn to serve and
protect their communities.”
“The citizens of Dallas County rightfully rely on their law
enforcement officers to serve and protect them, not assault and abuse
them,” said U.S. Attorney Sean P. Costello for the Southern District of
Alabama. “Some criminals wear a badge, and we will continue to hold
accountable those who violate the law and erode the trust of our
“All law enforcement officers must adhere to the highest standard of
professional conduct,” said Special Agent in Charge Paul Brown for the
FBI Mobile Field Office. “Whenever someone chooses to violate the civil
rights of the people they are sworn to protect, they will be held
accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”
The FBI Mobile Field Office investigated the case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Arrington for the Southern District of
Alabama and Trial Attorneys Maura White and MarLa Duncan of the Civil
Rights Division’s Criminal Section prosecuted the case.