Sergeant sues Texas prison system over claims of sexual harassment, retaliation
Iowa Park, Texas
   
 
More Today's News:
ߦ   CITATION BY PUBLICATION - DIVORCE W/CHILD(REN)
ߦ   MEMORIAM - Sheriff Joe Max Taylor
ߦ   27 Indicted in Multi-State ATM Robbery Conspiracy
ߦ   28 of Texas’ Most Wanted Fugitives Captured in 2018
ߦ   Coast Guard, good Samaritan rescue mariner 230 miles offshore Galveston
ߦ   Constable Swears In Six New Deputies
ߦ   Dark Web Trafficker Convicted of Drug Importation Conspiracy
ߦ   Former Constable Lt. Stole from Harvey Victims and Taxpayers
ߦ   Former U.S. Counterintelligence Agent Charged With Espionage on Behalf of Iran; Four Iranians Charged With a Cyber Campaign Targeting Her Former Colleagues
ߦ   Houston federal judge bars female prosecutor from trial, sparking standoff with U.S. attorney’s office
ߦ   Houston man accused of repeatedly throwing dog against wall and killing it
ߦ   Pearland police find three bodies in home after report of shooting
ߦ   Police News Links
ߦ   Teacher Jailed For Providing Alcohol To Students
ߦ   Two Die, Child Dies In House Fire
ߦ   Undocumented Alien Sent to Prison for Illegally Entering the United States
ߦ   Bank Teller Sentenced for Bank Fraud, Theft
ߦ   Constable Deputies Jail Serial Thief in Atascocita
ߦ   Friends of Child Advocates of Fort Bend to Host Mission and Martini Night
ߦ   Galveston College News: Surgical Technology program receives CAAHEP accreditation
ߦ   Governor Abbott Sets Date For Special Runoff Election In Harris County
ߦ   Inmate Dies at Travis County Correctional Complex
ߦ   Joaquin “El Chapo’ Guzman, Sinaloa Cartel Leader, Convicted of Running a Continuing Criminal Enterprise and Other Drug-Related Charges
ߦ   Jury Convicts Round Roick Man For Kidnapping Two Sisters
ߦ   Kentucky sheriff suspends law enforcement due to lack of funding
ߦ   League City man dies in Caribbean automobile accident
ߦ   Multiple White Supremacist Gang Members among 54 Defendants Charged in RICO Indictment

   Next >>
 
Search Archives:
A correctional officer has launched a federal lawsuit against the Texas prison system, claiming the department retaliated after she alleged sexual harassment at the hands of an high-ranking Allred Unit official.

The allegations stem from a single incident in 2016, when Major Johnathan Eastep allegedly pinned a sergeant against a fence at the north Texas prison and pressed himself against her, breathing down her neck.

“It felt like he was grinding up against her,” said her attorney, Louise Tausch. The incident was caught on camera, but a subsequent investigation found no evidence of a policy violation.

The legal claim comes weeks after the prison system told the Chronicle it had no releasable information regarding complaints or investigations into the the major at the center of the suit.

A Texas prison spokesman declined to offer comment, citing pending litigation.

This is not the first time the department has faced sexual harassment allegations in recent months. Late last year, the prison system agreed to a $250,000 settlement when another of Tausch’s clients filed a lawsuit accusing a lieutenant of raping her against a prison staircase.
And earlier this year, more than a dozen current and former employees laid out for the Chronicle a series of allegations of harassment, retaliation and gender discrimination in what some described as a long-standing issue dating back years.

“You think it’s the inmates you have to worry about,” said one former employee, who asked not to be identified, “but it’s actually the people you work with.”

The June 15, 2016 incident that sparked the latest case prompted the sergeant to file an internal complaint five days later. The initial investigator reviewed video footage and found the footage generally backed up the allegation, but that it didn’t rise to the point of a policy violation.

“After viewing the recording of the incident,” the investigator wrote, according to the lawsuit, “Respondent does step behind Complainant and place both [hands] on the fencing on each side of Complainant’s body and it appears Complainant is ‘blocked’ in by Respondent’s stance and body. Respondent appears to bend his knee moving his groin area toward Complainant’s buttocks.”

Ever since, according to the lawsuit, the sergeant has “suffered physically and mentally” because she came forward with the claims. She’s been losing hair and under severe stress, her lawyer said.

Though the major didn’t get in any trouble, according to the lawsuit he was allegedly put on probation for an unrelated issue and transferred to a different unit. Texas prison officials declined to confirm or shed any light on what happened, despite a records request from the Chronicle asking for “any releasable information/reports on sexual harassment complaints, disciplinary actions or investigations into allegations against/misbehavior by” the major.

After filing her complaint, the suit alleges, the sergeant quickly faced retaliation when, that July, another major started investigating her for a use-of-force incident.

The claim doesn’t ask for a specific dollar figure, but Tausch said she hopes to reach a resolution comparable to the $250,000 settlement in her previous case.

The department has not yet responded to the complaint and a prison union spokesman did not immediately offer comment. Eastep could not be reached for comment.



Comments:
Somebody explain to me why this Major pinned her against the fence to begin with.
TDCJ-ID Ret.
Posted by USMC66'- at 7/8/2018 11:19:01 AM

Post a comment
Name/Nickname:
(required)
Email Address: (must be a valid address)
(will not be published or shared)
Comments: (plain text only)
Printer Friendly Format  Printer Friendly Format    Send to a Friend  Send to a Friend    RSS Feed  RSS Feed
© 1999-2019 The Police News. All rights reserved.