Courthouse Sexual Assault Alleged by Las Vegas Woman
Courthouse sexual assault allegations were made by a Las Vegas woman, who claims a court marshal engaged in inappropriate conduct during search in a witness room, according to a report.
The woman, Monica Contreras, also claimed that numerous Clark County family court employees covered the incident up during a divorce hearing she attended in August 2011, reported KLAS-TV on Wednesday.
She said that marshal Ron Fox groped her during the search. Her 2-year-old daughter was also with her.
Fox has since been fired but multiple court managers and employees are under investigation. There have been a number of allegations surrounding the Clark County family court, including sexual assaults and one marshal choking a person in court.
When Contreras tried to complain about the assault, she alleged that a judge ignored her.
Later, an internal investigation corroborated her allegations.
“I think I’d rather have a female in here and he went anyway. I was just offended by it. I’m just offended that he asked me,” Contreras told Judge Patricia Donninger, who did not respond to her complaints, according to the station, which obtained video footage of the incident.
Another court marshal, James Kenyon, then arrested her for “false allegations made against a police officer,” he told her, according to the video footage.
Fox was fired after a six-month internal investigation. He has sued Clark County for the firing.
“I just hope I did the right thing by telling internal affairs,” Contreras later told the station. “It makes me feel good because now I know that I was right.”