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South Texas sheriff: 'My hugging days are over'

Nueces County Sheriff Jim Kaelin: Hugs reserved for family, close friends

NUECES COUNTY, Texas – A sheriff in South Texas said he will no longer be giving or receiving hugs.

Nueces County Sheriff Jim Kaelin posted on Facebook Wednesday that his hugs will be reserved only for family and close friends.

"Sad, but you just don't know when this hug might come back and bite you," Kaelin said.

His decision comes after numerous allegations against politicians, celebrities and journalists of sexual assault or misconduct.

Kaelin said he is from "the old school," but that instead of a hug, he will offer a handshake or a knuckle bump to play it safe.

"The workplace, for one, can become hostile if an employee 'feels' threatened by your hugs ... SO IT'S OVER," he said in his Facebook post.

Kaelin said he understands it may offend some that he will no longer participate in hugging, but he hopes everyone will understand.

To my FB friends let me say this to you...my hugging days (outside family and or close friends) are over. Sad, but you...

Posted by Jim Kaelin on Wednesday, November 29, 2017

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