Former Alabama deputy admits he forced a woman in custody to give him oral sex

Published 9:19 am Thursday, May 4, 2023

A former Alabama sheriff’s deputy pleaded guilty Wednesday in the Southern District of Alabama for sexually assaulting a woman while on duty.

According to the superseding information and plea documents, on Jan. 30, 2020, Joshua Davidson, 32, while on duty as a Dallas County Sheriff’s Office deputy, 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, feared that Davidson would shoot her if she did not cooperate, prosecutors said.

“Law enforcement officials who sexually assault women and those in their custody will and must be held accountable,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “The Justice Department will continue to take allegations of sexual assault seriously, and vigorously prosecute those who violate the civil rights of people in their custody and prey on vulnerable victims.”

“The people of Dallas County and the Southern District of Alabama deserve better than to have their rights violated by someone sworn to protect them,” said U.S. Attorney Sean P. Costello for the Southern District of Alabama. “Working with our federal, state, and local partners, we will continue to bring to justice law enforcement officers who become criminals themselves.”

“All law enforcement personnel who take an oath to protect and serve the American people must be held to a higher standard,” said Special Agent in Charge Paul Brown of the FBI Mobile Field Office. “FBI Mobile remains committed to holding those who do not meet this standard accountable for their actions, especially those who wear the badge.”

Sentencing for Davidson is scheduled for Aug. 25.