Family courts are supposed to settle matters right?? But what happens when during a court room session, you come across sexual harassment??
A 28-year-old woman accused a court marshal of sexually assaulting her during a search in a courthouse witness room – and numerous court employees were accused of covering it up.
Monica Contreras, from Las Vegas, sued Clark County and its courts, claiming her civil rights were violated when marshal Ron Fox groped her when she attended for a divorce hearing in August 2011.
Her two-year-old daughter was with her at the time.
Judge Patricia Donninger was accused of ignoring Contreras when she complained to her about the incident and a video shows Donninger with her back turned to Contreras, acting as if she doesn’t hear her.
The 28-year-old claims that while they were in witness room, Fox touched her buttocks and breast and ordered her to lift up her shirt.
A later internal investigation by Clark County courts validated her claims.
Multiple employees are now under investigation for covering up the sexual assault. Fox was fired after a six-month investigation, though he denies the claims and is suing for unfair dismissal.
According to internal court documents, he ordered Contreras into a room for an unexplained drug search which he performed even though she asked for a female marshal.