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December 27, 2013

Jailer’s sex harassment settlement costs county’s insurance $137,500

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The lawsuit also alleged that Harris had a romantic relationship with one former assistant, and had another employee transferred to the Pulaski Animal Shelter when she spurned his sexual advances. Moses alleged in the lawsuit that Harris introduced her as his “woman” or his “wife” during state conferences they attended.
Moses accused Harris of intimidating her by taking her to an isolated location to show her where he’d had sex with other women. Harris was armed during the encounter, according to the lawsuit and reportedly said he “wouldn’t molest her unless she wanted him to” and told Moses that if a former employee ever told anyone about her sexual relationship with him he would have to “kill” her because a “divorce would cost him over a million dollars.”
Moses claimed Harris said he sought her out for employment because his wife couldn’t have children, which he desperately desired. The lawsuit also claimed Harris offered Moses money for a manicure and pedicure prior to a jailer’s conference and also offered her money for clothes. The lawsuit claimed Harris was visibly upset when Moses refused to take his money.
The lawsuit also alleged Harris “intentionally, maliciously and unlawfully touched Moses in a harmful and offensive manner on several occasions during her employment at PCDC.”
Moses also claimed in her lawsuit that Harris spit on her and knocked a phone out of her hand “to prevent Moses from reporting Harris’ inappropriate ... actions to Harris’ wife.”
Moses was seeking a jury trial and punitive and compensatory damages.
“I am pleased the lawsuit is resolved and I am eager to move on with my life,” Moses stated through a press release from Norfleet’s office after the case was dismissed. “Hopefully, this case has shined a light onto the indignity and humiliation that (Harris) and others impose on female employees of Pulaski County.”
Charles D. Cole, an attorney based in Lexington, represented Harris in the case. Cole has continued to maintain Harris’ innocence. 
“The Jailer (Harris) disputes the (Moses’) allegations, but is nonetheless satisfied that this lawsuit is now resolved,” Cole stated via email to the Commonwealth Journal on Dec. 18. 
 

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