Closing arguments are set for Tuesday morning in a Texas County lawsuit against the county prosecutor.
A court clerk, Mildred Williams, alleged Prosecutor Michael R. Anderson retaliated against her after she witnessed his sexual harassment of another county employee. She claims Anderson attempted to keep her from testifying against him by intimidation or coercion. Anderson denies any wrongdoing.
A parade of former and current county employees appeared on the stand in Webster County today or through video deposition: Stephanie Creek Pounds, a former prosecuting attorney office employee; Michael Hood, Licking Police Department; Lorette Smith, former sheriff’s department employee; Terry Haden, a secretary for the law offices of Brad Eidson; Sheriff Carl Watson, Christina Mosley, a county prosecutor’s secretary, and the prosecutor’s wife.
Jury selection concluded Tuesday. Testimony began later that day and several law enforcement and judicial officers and county workers have been on the stand.
Williams filed the lawsuit in July 2009 after herself being a defendant in another matter filed by Anderson. In that suit, the prosecutor alleged that Williams and another woman had conspired against him and ran a sex ring from the seat of county government. About 40 days later he dropped it.
Williams’ attorneys say the sex-ring lawsuit was filed as a means of intimidation and coercion by Anderson to quiet the women after an incident in December 2005. In the wee hours of the night, Anderson came to the Licking residence of his former office manager and began screaming, banging and left messages on an answering machine, according to testimony.
Three-quarters of the jury panel must agree on the verdict.