Former Sherman police chief Chuck Pilant arrested

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SHERMAN, TEXAS -- Former Sherman police chief Stephen Charles Pilant was arrested for the sexual assault of a child.

The 71-year-old, who was chief from 1988 to 1994, was arrested at his home yesterday just before noon.

Pilant's attorney says Pilant's recent medical diagnosis could have had an affect on the alleged offense.

"A warrant was issued yesterday and Mr. Pilant was picked up yesterday at his residence. Charges are going to be for sexual assault of a child," Sgt. D.M. Hampton with Sherman PD said.

That's the only comment Sherman Police Department would make regarding the arrest of its former police chief Stephen Charles Pilant, or Chuck Pilant.

Pilant's defense attorney Bob Jarvis went into a little more detail, revealing that Pilant's recent medical diagnosis could change how the case develops.

"Now he's got Alzheimer's and as a lot of people know who have been affected by that disease, it changes people dramatically. We're going to spend a lot of time figuring out if anything did happen and what effect Alzheimer's could have for that," Jarvis said.

Pilant was police chief from 1988 to 1994. Not only has he served the community, he has also served in the military.

But a look into online court records reveals that Pilant has had some run ins with the law in his past, including being arrested for driving while intoxicated and public intoxication during his last year as police chief.

Still, Jarvis says his main concern right now is getting more information on Pilant's medical state.

"We're going to have to do a lot more investigating to try to find out if anything happened and if something did, whether or not Alzheimer's played a role in it," Jarvis said.

Pilant was booked into the Grayson County Jail after being arrested yesterday. He bonded out on a $10,000 surety bond just two hours later.

We'll continue to follow this developing story and bring you the details as they become available.

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