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Sheriff with troubled background apologizes for recent texts

June 8, 2018

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota sheriff who once faced a criminal charge and was suspended by the governor has apologized for some recent text messages.

Conservative blogger Rob Port obtained texts in which McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger joked about the weight of his opponent in the upcoming election and also violence against immigrants.

Schwartzenberger in a Facebook apology said the texts he made to a then-friend were “inappropriate” and he regrets sending them. He didn’t immediately respond to an Associated Press request for comment.

Then-Gov. Jack Dalrymple suspended Schwartzenberger in 2016. Gov. Doug Burgum reinstated him last year after a special commissioner ruled there wasn’t enough evidence to support his removal.

A judge in January threw out a misdemeanor charge against Schwartzenberger related to his use of a county credit card.

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