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Tuesday, 20 January 2015 16:44

Former Sherifff’s Detective Pleads Guilty in Sex Case

James Bishof James Bishof SCSO
MEMPHIS – Jan. 20, 2015 - A former Shelby County Sheriff’s detective pleaded guilty Tuesday to official oppression and assault involving offensive contact, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
In a plea agreement approved by the victim, James Bishof, 61, was sentenced to six years in prison for official oppression and six months on the assault.
Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee will determine at a Feb. 27 hearing whether Bishof will serve his sentences in prison, on probation or in some combination of the two. Bishof also would be eligible for diversion.
Bishof was charged in July of 2011 after a 22-year-old woman involved in a domestic violence case told investigators that the detective sexually assaulted her while on duty in the sheriff’s General Investigation Bureau.
She said he told her to disrobe in a women’s bathroom on the 9th floor at 201 Poplar so he could take photographs of her body to document injuries for his investigation.
Bishof said he needed to come to her home later with a better camera to take additional photos of her for the investigation. The woman said Bishof again had her remove her clothes, took more explicit photos and began touching her in her private area and making sexual remarks.
The woman said that when Bishof moved away, she put her clothes on and walked outside of her home.
Bishof is no longer with the sheriff’s department.
The case was handled by assistant district attorneys Eric Christensen and Ray Lepone.