The Latest: 'State of shock and fear' after sexual assault

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Posted: Jun 06, 2016 2:26 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on a federal trial for a civil lawsuit that accuses a former Louisiana police chief of sexually assaulting a woman in his town's police station while she was drunk and he was on duty In 2013 (all times local):

12:15 p.m.

A woman who says a Louisiana police chief sexually assaulted her inside his small town's police station in 2013 has testified that the encounter left her in a "state of shock and fear."

A federal judge heard the 44-year-old woman's testimony Monday during the first day of a trial for her civil lawsuit against former Sorrento Police Chief Earl Theriot and the town, which abolished its troubled police department last year.

Theriot was sentenced to two years of probation after he pleaded guilty in 2014 to lying to the FBI about his encounter with the woman.

The woman claims Theriot forced her to perform sexual acts in his office after he found her drunk in public.

Theriot's lawyers claim the woman initiated the "unconsummated" sexual encounter to save herself from jail.

U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick will decide without a jury if Theriot or the town violated the woman's constitutional rights.

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2:50 a.m.

A small Cajun community disbanded its troubled police department a year ago, but the Louisiana town hasn't shaken a scandal that ousted its police chief.

A federal trial is scheduled to start Monday for a civil lawsuit that accuses former Sorrento Police Chief Earl Theriot of sexually assaulting a woman in his office while she was drunk and he was on duty.

U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick in Baton Rouge will hear testimony without a jury before deciding if Theriot or the town violated the woman's constitutional rights.

In 2014, Theriot was sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI about his sexual encounter with the woman. The plea deal required him to resign.

Sheriff's deputies now patrol the town of roughly 1,500 residents.