ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A Los Angeles man is suing Warren County, New Jersey, claiming it failed to prevent a sheriff's sexual abuse of him and other minors.

Edward Bullock used his position as sheriff to sexually assault and abuse children, according to the man's lawsuit. The lawsuit says Bullock sexually assaulted the man at a house in Phillipsburg in 1979. Bullock died in 2015.

The man, Jack Jeffress, is allowing 69 News to use his name.

The lawsuit said the county had a duty to prevent Bullock from using his position to sexually assault children. As a result of the acts, Jeffress continues to experience pain, suffering, and permanent injuries, the lawsuit said.

The county "acted in a negligent, careless or reckless manner," according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit says the county failed to train employees to detect, prevent, and address inappropriate behavior.

The lawsuit says the county sheriff's office was aware of Bullock's abuse and did not take any action to prevent the sexual assaults.

Jeffress is suing for damages.

"He looks forward to prosecuting his claim and seeing justice done," his attorney said in a statement.

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