A former sheriff’s deputy in eastern Missouri has been indicted on federal charges and will stand trial for sexually abusing four women, civil rights violations, and enticing a minor into prostitution, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in St. Louis announced Friday. Marty Rainey, 52, could be facing life in prison.
The federal indictment names only Rainey and is short on details, but a woman who claims she was abused by him described a long-running nightmare in a civil lawsuit filed last year. The woman, identified only as “Jane Doe” in court papers, claims Rainey got her phone number and address in 2012 when she contacted the sheriff’s office to see if an order had been served to her estranged husband. During the next month, Rainey called the woman 87 times and sent her 1,288 text messages, many of which were sexually explicit, according to the suit.
The woman claims he threatened to arrest her husband on bogus charges if she didn’t sleep with him. Rainey, wearing his deputy uniform, eventually picked her up and took her to a motel, where the woman says he drugged her, laid his pistol on a nightstand with the barrel facing her and forced her to have sex.
Jane Doe has also filed charges against Sheriff Randy Esphorst, who she claims should have known that Rainey was a predator.
The lawsuit alleges that between June 2010 and March 2012, while working as a deputy in Gasconade County and serving in two smaller police departments, Hermann and Rosebud, Rainey committed aggravated sexual abuse against four women, one of whom was under 18. The Gasconade County sheriff’s department led the investigation against Rainey which grew to involve the FBI and Missouri State Highway Patrol. Rainey resigned in November 2012 after the first woman came forward about her sexual relations with the deputy.
Rainey was charged in January 2015 in state court related to this investigation. The charges include, “acceding to corruption by a public servant, sexual assault, statutory rape and use of a child in a sexual performance.” His defense attorney withdrew last month and he does not appear to have found a new attorney. There has been no trial date set in the state case which Rainey has pleaded not guilty to.
In federal court Friday, Rainey was reported to have asked for a public defender.
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