Former Fannin Co. deputy and Ladonia city councilman pleads guilty in federal court

FANNIN COUNTY, TX -- A Ladonia city councilman resigned Monday, just hours after pleading guilty to a felony charge in a federal courtroom. William Clifford Isaac's Jr. is a former Fannin County Sheriff's deputy, accused of sexually assaulting female inmates.

Former Fannin County Sheriff's deputy William Clifford Isaacs Jr. walked out of a federal courtroom Monday, facing prison time after pleading guilty to a felony charge of "deprivation of rights under color of law."

A federal indictment alleges the former deputy, and Ladonia city councilman, assaulted at least four female jail inmates while working as a transport officer in 2012.

Count 2 of the indictment is a felony charge--deprivation of rights under color of law. It states Isaacs sexually assaulted a female inmate, "involving the threatening use of a dangerous weapon."

Federal prosecutor Maureen Smith has said that charge refers to the the gun he carried as a deputy.

When entering his plea for count 2, Isaacs told the judge "I had oral sex with them, sir. It was consensual on both parts."

The judge explained, even if Isaacs thought the acts were consensual, an inmate doesn't have the ability to give consent.

Even when we reported the charges against Isaacs in March, he remained on the Ladonia city council. Now, the new mayor tells News 12 after Isaacs entered his plea, he turned in a verbal resignation.

"We look to have a council meeting Friday, to officially accept his resignation as a body of the council, and they we are going to look to nominate someone else, whoever the council chooses, and see if they'll take the seat and take the vote on it," said Ladonia mayor Christopher Burch.

Federal prosecutor Maureen Smith tells News 12 the case is now in the sentencing phase. Isaacs faces up to 10 years in prison, and a maximum fine of $250,000.

Isaacs is currently out on bond. It could be the end of summer before he receives his sentence.


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