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Former jail officer sues, claims sexual harassment by two supervisors

BROOKSVILLE — A former corrections officer filed a civil lawsuit Tuesday against the private company that manages the Hernando County jail alleging she was sexually harassed by two supervisors.

Stephanie Maggard also claims one of those supervisors, Capt. Adam Nigro, sexually battered her by inappropriately touching her breasts.

Her lawsuit seeks unspecified civil damages in excess of $15,000.

"It's unfortunate that someone who was just trying to do their job was subjected to repeated inappropriate actions by her supervisors," said her attorney, Ryan Barack of Clearwater.

Maggard worked at the jail from 1998 to 2004 and returned in June 2006. The alleged conduct took place from June 2006 until she left in August 2007, court documents show.

Jail warden Russell Washburn, who was not in charge at the time of the alleged conduct, said Thursday that he could not comment on the pending litigation.

He did confirm that neither Nigro nor Lt. Bryan Drinkard, the other supervisor mentioned in the lawsuit, are still employed at the facility.

Man who impregnates 2 girls sent to prison

A 19-year-old Brooksville man received 25 years in prison Thursday for having sex with 12- and 13-year-old sisters, who are his cousins, both of whom became pregnant.

Michael Anthony Roeder told investigators he had consensual sex with the victims in February and March while he shared a residence owned by the mother of the girls. The Hernando County Sheriff's Office arrested Roeder in April and charged him with two counts of lewd and lascivious battery. He later was charged with additional counts of lewd and lascivious molestation and principal to grand theft.

Grandfather accepts plea deal in sex case

A Brooksville man charged with performing sex acts on a 5-year-old girl took a plea deal Thursday that will spare him a life prison sentence and the victim from testifying.

Gerald Lee Worley, 65, and his grandson, Joshua Worley, 18, were both arrested in March for sexual battery after the victim described the acts to a relative who called authorities.

Circuit Judge Jack Springstead sentenced the elder Worley to 10 years in prison followed by 20 years of probation. He also labeled him a sexual predator.

The incidents occurred on several occasions when the girl was left at his home on Star Road between December 2007 to February 2008.

The younger Worley pleaded no contest in December and received about 14 years in prison. But he is currently contesting his sentence, reached as part of a plea deal, because he claims he was on medication at the time of the sentencing. At the hearing, he denied being on medication.

Former jail officer sues, claims sexual harassment by two supervisors 01/15/09 [Last modified: Thursday, January 15, 2009 7:47pm]
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