The victim is also suing the Barbour County Commission for "retaining Hawkins as an employee when it knew ... of his proclivity for violence and predisposition toward violent acts," according to the lawsuit.
A working phone number for Hawkins could not be found Monday night. However, Hawkins posted a message to his Facebook profile Monday evening.
"Round #2. Thought all this was over with the election, but today I was sued in Federal Court. ...," Hawkins said in the post. "I don't mind being tried in court, as I will deny all the allegations. It's a civil suit for money. I just hate my family having to go through all the mudslinging in the media again. To my friends, sorry. I'd ask for prayers for my family but was bashed the last time for asking for prayers for them. So, true friends know where we live and how to get in touch [with] us."
According to the Associated Press, Hawkins said in a Facebook message that he would issue a statement later.
The victim is seeking losses for medical expenses and from emotional fear, torment and suffering to her mind and body, according to the lawsuit. The suit alleges that Hawkins also violated the victim's constitutional rights by wrongfully detaining her.
The suit also alleges that Hawkins sexually assaulted four other women and a minor using excessive force.
An 18-year-old woman claimed Hawkins forced her to perform oral sex on him in a bathroom inside the Barbour County Courthouse. A minor female, age 16, claimed Hawkins threatened her with violence if she did not perform oral sex on him inside his police cruiser, according to the lawsuit.
One woman came forward alleging that Hawkins gave her drugs from the sheriff's evidence room in exchange for a sexual favor.
The lawsuit also alleges that Hawkins handcuffed a 19-year-old woman inside a barn at the Barbour County Fairgrounds and performed sexual acts on her against her will. Another woman claimed that Hawkins raped her after handcuffing her at the Barbour County shooting range, according to the lawsuit.
The suit accuses Hawkins of unlawful arrest, excessive force, civil conspiracy, tort of outrage and intentional infliction of emotional distress, assault and battery, negligent retention and hiring, false imprisonment, negligent training and supervision, deliberate indifference, malicious prosecution, abuse of process, sexual assault, giving alcohol to a minor and dissemination of a nude photo of a minor.
Hawkins was elected to his second term as sheriff in May.
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