Wichita Falls Sheriff Arrested

Official Oppression

 Clay County Sheriff Jeffrey Lyde went live on Facebook to explain the two counts of Official Oppression reported Thursday morning.

During the four minute video, linked below, Lyde read out the grand jury indictment. He said the charges stated that as Sheriff he had placed two people in jail for more than 48 hours on July 12 without the finding of probable cause by a magistrate.

Lyde also said that he had been briefly detained and that Judge Campbell had determined him to not be a flight risk, setting a PR bond.

The chain of events that led to charges of official oppression against Clay County Sheriff Jeff Lyde started with the arrests of a man and woman July 10. 

One link in the chain is that a magistrate found no probable cause for the couple’s arrests. The Times Record News obtained copies of their arrest reports from a justice of the peace.

A Clay County sheriff’s deputy arrested both Landon Paul Goad, 33, and Sarah Lynn Johnson, 29, on domestic violence charges after listening to their accounts.

“Because both parties had conflicting stories on who initiated the assault first, I was unable to determine the primary aggressor,” the deputy wrote in the arrest affidavits. 

Two deputies were dispatched at 2:46 p.m. July 10 to the 2700 block of New London Road for a disturbance, according to the affidavits.

The location is a few miles south of Henrietta. 

Clay County Sheriff Jeff LydeGoad told a deputy that Johnson, his girlfriend, hit and kicked him, according to allegations in the affidavits.

He had scratch marks on his stomach and wrist, and a knot on his head behind his ear, according to allegations in the affidavits.

Johnson told the deputy that Goad attacked her while she was trying to start a motorbike, according to allegations in the affidavits.

She had a swollen left eye and scratches on her shoulder, according to allegations in the affidavits.

The deputy arrested them on charges of assault causes bodily injury family/dating member, according to the affidavits.

The class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine up to $4,000. 

Clay Justice of the Peace John Swenson said he did not find probable cause for Goad and Johnson’s arrests. 

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