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Lawsuit alleges sexual harassment by county clerk

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Charleston Daily Mail

Danville, WV

#1 Nov 30, 2010
By Ry Rivard
Charleston Daily Mail Reporter

The Boone County Clerk required a female employee to go on a date with him to get a promotion and then required her to continue a sexual relationship with him that lasted several years, a lawsuit filed in Boone County Circuit Court alleges.

The suit alleges that County Clerk Gary Williams, who is in his mid-50s, sexually harassed an office assistant, Ashley Parsons Jackson, now 24.

It also alleges the three-member Boone County Commission knew of "coerced sexual relations" and "did nothing" to protect Jackson or punish Williams, according to a copy of the suit provided by Jackon's Charleston lawyer, Andy Katz.

Williams did not immediately respond Monday to a messages left at his home and office.

The suit alleges that four months after Jackson was hired to a part-time position in the clerk's office in August 2004, Williams asked her to go out. Jackson would have been in her late-teens at the time.

Williams promised that if she said yes, she would get promoted to a full time position, the suit said.

Jackson attempted to "put him off" and treated Williams' statements as a joke.

The next day, Williams repeated the proposition.

She agreed. She was hired full time.

Jackson, who has since been married, goes by her maiden name Parsons in the suit.

"As a condition of Ms. Parsons' employment, Mr. Williams requires Ms. Parsons to have sex with him," the suit says.

The "required sexual relationship" lasted from January 2005 to June 2008, the suit says. It alleges that Williams required sex several times a month at first and then twice a month.

Shortly after the relationship began, in February 2005, Williams got an apartment for Jackson in downtown Madison near the county offices where she lived until summer 2005, according to the suit.

The suit says Jackson repeatedly tried to break off the relationship. But Williams would say that if she broke things off he would not be able to stand to be around her and she would lose her job, according to the lawsuit.

Williams also took her to Snowshoe when he had a conference and on other trips, the suit alleges.

He would invent reasons for Jackson to go into his office, according to the lawsuit. He also gave Jackson a card and "wrote a romantic letter to her," the lawsuit states.

On and off during the relationship, Parsons would have boyfriends, the suit says. Williams would criticize them "in an attempt to convince Ms. Parsons to break up with them."
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Danville, WV

#2 Nov 30, 2010
In June 2008, Jackson broke off the relationship because she had begun to get serious with the man she is now married to, the suit says.

After Parsons refused to continue the relationship, the suits says Williams continued to pursue her, rubbing his body up against hers and "suggestively" placing his hand on her back. This conduct, the lawsuit says, continued until November 2008.

Other people in the office would "pretend to cough as a way to 'hide' calling her derogatory names." The suit alleges Williams knew this and failed to stop it.

Later, the suit alleges, Williams "worsened the conditions of her employment, seemingly in an effort to make her quit."

The suit says Williams has been rude to Jackson, "criticized her for no reason" in front of other employees or ignored her. And, the suit alleges, Williams "allows and encourages" other employees to act negatively toward Jackson. It also says she has been given work outside the scope of her unemployment, though it does not elaborate.

Jackson has not received a pay raise since she ended the relationship, the suit alleges, even though other co-workers have received raises.

Jackson filed one suit this summer in federal court.

Jackson has withdrawn that federal case - which Katz said does not affect the circuit court case, which was filed more recently. But, as a result of that federal case that is being dropped, Jackson alleges she has faced retaliation in the office.

The circuit court suit says the defendants, who include Williams and the county commission, have taken her duties away; permitted or encouraged her co-workers to be rude to her and harass her; disciplined her "without cause"; and given other employees benefits - like comp time and lunch breaks that count as overtime - that she does not get.

Boone County Commission President Al Halstead did not immediately return a call left at his house Monday.

Since: Jan 10

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#3 Nov 30, 2010
Finally something worth reading.
Bab-boone

Charleston, WV

#4 Nov 30, 2010
Maybe now, we as Boone Countains will start to realize that the elected officials in this county are a bunch of losers, arrogant individuals who thinks they can do whatever they want as long as they protect each other to get re-elected. In no way reflects the good hard working people in this county? Our County Commissioners ignoring there responsibility by looking the other way along with Gary Williams good old friend Jim Gore. Maybe the law-suit that has been filed will be paid by the tax payers in this county, and we will continue to re-elect the same ones in office. Maybe this case will be settled out of court and she will go away and everyone can say it was about the money. It actually about Gary Williams conduct as an elected official. Letís rally behind good old Gary and maybe the next victims could step-up and letís hope itís not your daughter. Now you know why Boone County has nothing to be proud of vote for anyone who is not in office is one way to get newer deadbeat. Maybe we will get lucky.

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#5 Nov 30, 2010
Bab-boone wrote:
Maybe now, we as Boone Countains will start to realize that the elected officials in this county are a bunch of losers, arrogant individuals who thinks they can do whatever they want as long as they protect each other to get re-elected. In no way reflects the good hard working people in this county? Our County Commissioners ignoring there responsibility by looking the other way along with Gary Williams good old friend Jim Gore. Maybe the law-suit that has been filed will be paid by the tax payers in this county, and we will continue to re-elect the same ones in office. Maybe this case will be settled out of court and she will go away and everyone can say it was about the money. It actually about Gary Williams conduct as an elected official. Letís rally behind good old Gary and maybe the next victims could step-up and letís hope itís not your daughter. Now you know why Boone County has nothing to be proud of vote for anyone who is not in office is one way to get newer deadbeat. Maybe we will get lucky.
Elected officials having sex scandals is hardly an isolated incident only effecting boone county.
Also remember, one bad apple does not spoil the bunch.
HMMMM

Charleston, WV

#6 Nov 30, 2010
Everyone knew this during the election but still re-elected the pervert ... This is not news hot off the press ... Boone County needs to fire Williams and the entire County Commission!

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#7 Nov 30, 2010
HMMMM wrote:
Everyone knew this during the election but still re-elected the pervert ... This is not news hot off the press ... Boone County needs to fire Williams and the entire County Commission!
If perverts weren't allowed in politics we would have no leaders.
Where would we be if we didn't have the famous quote from a famous adulterer "ask not what your country can do for you..."

“Do unto others before”

Since: Apr 10

They do unto you

#8 Dec 1, 2010
Rudy Waltz wrote:
<quoted text>
If perverts weren't allowed in politics we would have no leaders.
Where would we be if we didn't have the famous quote from a famous adulterer "ask not what your country can do for you..."
true, but don't forget slick willey. bill and his cigar are famous around the world. FDR had a mistress, and he saved the country from the great depression.
now now

Pomeroy, OH

#9 Dec 1, 2010
Rudy Waltz wrote:
<quoted text>
If perverts weren't allowed in politics we would have no leaders.
Where would we be if we didn't have the famous quote from a famous adulterer "ask not what your country can do for you..."
I must have forgot,it is drug addicts of any kind that you hate and despise so much but political perverts you you have learned to except?
Zak Foxx

Beckley, WV

#10 Dec 1, 2010
now let's do something with the rest of these worthless slugs in the court house and sheriff's dpt.

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#11 Dec 1, 2010
now now wrote:
<quoted text>I must have forgot,it is drug addicts of any kind that you hate and despise so much but political perverts you you have learned to except?
And where have I said such things?
We are all god's children.
Jesco Hater

Huntington, WV

#12 Dec 1, 2010
Zak Foxx wrote:
now let's do something with the rest of these worthless slugs in the court house and sheriff's dpt.
Are you the Zak Foxx involved with the bomb threat and the coal festival. I guess if I got arrested for being a dumbass I would be pissed of at the sheriff's office also. Anyway what about the lawsuit Scotty Hendricks filed against Gary Williams 3-4 years ago, anybody know what happened with that?
how many

Waterloo, Canada

#13 Dec 1, 2010
Williams has had a couple law suits now . How many is he gonna have to have for something to be done hope the County Commission won't clean this one up for him the way they have in the past.
Soccrmom

Scott Depot, WV

#14 Dec 1, 2010
how many wrote:
Williams has had a couple law suits now . How many is he gonna have to have for something to be done hope the County Commission won't clean this one up for him the way they have in the past.
Usually 3 is the limit. Maybe he is going for the record.
Ashley is an attractive woman. It is not uncommon for a man to go to great lengths to aquire something he sees.BUt as she is a woman she has the right to refuse to advances.

I am sure williams was thinking. Hell, whats a law or two for some pussy !
Insider

Saint Albans, WV

#15 Dec 1, 2010
Soccrmom wrote:
<quoted text>Usually 3 is the limit. Maybe he is going for the record.
Ashley is an attractive woman. It is not uncommon for a man to go to great lengths to aquire something he sees.BUt as she is a woman she has the right to refuse to advances.
I am sure williams was thinking. Hell, whats a law or two for some pussy !
exactly i agree with you all the way she could have said no in the beginning but no she didnt so why should he be looked down on and not her it takes two

“Do unto others before”

Since: Apr 10

They do unto you

#16 Dec 2, 2010
i think she has the county by the balls.
Just A Thought

Waterloo, Canada

#17 Dec 2, 2010
Insider wrote:
<quoted text>
exactly i agree with you all the way she could have said no in the beginning but no she didnt so why should he be looked down on and not her it takes two
I think she was 18 n made a bad decision , she was young and confused. However, he was in his 50's and he knew what he was doing . He didn't care that he was abusing his position he has done it so many times. He thinks as a politician he can do whatever he wants. She was just out of High School, really how many of you made mistakes at that age and I'm glad she's standing up for herself.
wonder about good ole jp

Waterloo, Canada

#18 Dec 2, 2010
Remember when Jennings went around n told everyone what scum Gary was and how he seen him with Ashley. Wonder who he would testify 4. He's n Garys office everyday. Guess its true birds of a feather do flock 2gather
Oh Yea

Charleston, WV

#19 Dec 2, 2010
Ohhhh, she is not as innocent as you think!!!! She is seeing $$$$$$ signs!
well

Simpsonville, KY

#20 Dec 2, 2010
Not saying it was right of him to do this to her but im pretty sure as a young girl she brought this on herself just look at how she dresses still til this day. And honey if you cant walk in the them high heels stop wearing them. Ive seen you almost break your neck crossing the street many of times! Just saying.

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