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Former Sheriff candidate arrested in Pahrump

Posted at 9:45 PM, Jan 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-07 06:40:36-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A former Nye County Sheriff candidate is behind bars, facing charges of involuntary servitude and coercion.

59-year-old David Champion is sitting behind bars facing charges of involuntary servitude and coercion.

The Nye County Sheriff’s says it started on Jan. 1 after a reported sexual assault involving Champion.

Investigators say they found those claims to be true.

Then on Jan. 5 around 2:30p.m., Champion was taken into custody by deputies after a traffic stop near Loop Road and Postal Drive.

After he was arrested, a search warrant was issued on his home in Mountain Falls for additional evidence.

Champion is a familiar face in Nye County, documents show he ran in the 2018 primary for sheriff, beaten by now-sitting Sheriff Sharon A. Wehrly.

Supporters of Champion are sounding off online, creating a GoFundMe page titled ‘Dave Champion Legal Defense Fund’, hoping to raise enough money to pay his bail.

13 Action News has reached out to the Nye County Sheriff’s Department to find out more about these charges.