Former Upshur County Sheriff’s deputy, Richard Louis Bridgewater (29) is sentenced to eight years behind prison walls for molesting an 11-year-old girl. Late last year the victim told her friends about the molestation, and later on in an interview she said that he had touched her up to 20 separate times at his home. Bridgewater admitted this during a meeting with Texas Ranger Ronny Griffith. He was then placed in the Titus County Jail where he remained until he was sentenced.
Bridgewater had to permanently surrender his police officer license. Attorney Billy Byrd said that Bridgewater got a fair punishment, and he thinks it’s going to be hard for the little girl to handle the traumas that the incident has brought her.