Sheriff's harassment case to go to trial - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Sheriff's harassment case to go to trial

A civil case against an embattled southern Indiana sheriff is expected to go to trial.  Two female dispatchers sued Harrison County Sheriff Mike Deatrick last year over allegations he sexually harassed them, groped them, and later threatened them with a gun.

The case went to mediation last week, but those talks broke down, according to Charles Miller, an attorney for the two women.  Miller told Fox 41 News Monday that he "was prepared to take the matter to trial."  He declined to elaborate, citing a confidentiality clause the two parties signed prior to mediation.

In March, the U.S. Department of Justice sued Deatrick, claiming he and others violated the women's constitutional rights.  A U.S. District judge has allowed the feds to join the women's civil case.

Deatrick is also being investigated in a criminal case over those same allegations. No charges have been filed.

A hearing on the civil case is set for 1 p.m. Friday at the U.S. District courthouse in New Albany.

Deatrick suffered a heart attack last month. His attorney and family friend, Bart Betteau, said the stress of the accusations and proceedings likely contributed to his heart attack.  Deatrick has denied any wrongdoing.

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