But­ler Co. pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer sues Com­mon Pleas judge, al­leges sex­ual mis­con­duct

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Local News - By Torsten Ove

Pitts­burgh Post-Gazette

A pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer in But­ler County has ac­cused the pres­i­dent judge of the county’s Com­mon Pleas Court of sex­ual mis­con­duct, in­clud­ing hav­ing sex with her on the floor of his cham­bers, as part of a sala­cious fed­eral work­place dis­crim­i­na­tion suit.

The wo­man, iden­ti­fied only as “Jane Doe,” filed the com­plaint Wed­nes­day against Pres­i­dent Judge Thomas Do­err, along with Thomas Hol­man, the court ad­min­is­tra­tor, and Dou­glas Rit­son, the chief pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer.

Ac­cord­ing to the suit, the wo­man met the judge at a Christ­mas party in 2004 and they started a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship at his in­sis­tence. The judge said the af­fair would be a “busi­ness” re­la­tion­ship, with the un­der­stand­ing that the judge would get the wo­man hired as a pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer.

The wo­man was hired in 2005. The sex­ual re­la­tion­ship con­tin­ued, ac­cord­ing to the suit, for four years.

The wo­man said she felt pres­sured to con­tinue it be­cause she feared she could not re­ject the judge with­out los­ing her job. She said Judge Do­err would sum­mon her to his cham­bers, and she couldn’t say no be­cause of his power over her.

“She felt she had no choice, given the power dis­par­ity,” at­tor­ney Ed Olds said in the com­plaint. “There­fore, she suc­cumbed.”

She even­tu­ally ended the

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