Palo Pinto Co. Sheriff accused of assault

Palo Pinto County Sheriff Ira Mercer is being accused of assaulting a woman, and a family violence protective order has been filed in the county clerk’s office.

The Mineral Wells Index says Julie Easley alleges Mercer assaulted her at his home. Easley, who was living with Mercer at the time, said the sheriff shoved her to the ground several times, and on her third attempt to get up, pressed his forearm against her throat and pushed down.

Mercer says he was defending himself in the incident, and that he will cooperate with the investigation.

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