County kept probe under wraps

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Emails: Ex-undersheriff, no longer paid, possibly on leave for months

Ouray County Sheriff Lance FitzGerald discovered shortly after promoting Richard Herman that his new undersheriff was under investigation for alleged sex crimes in Montrose, but the county didn’t place Herman on administrative leave for possibly months. Herman was indicted by a grand jury in June for alleged criminal attempt to commit child prostitution and child abuse. The report was made in…

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