Finally, a lawsuit that involves sex in a morgue
Garland Camper, the ex-coroner for Pulaski County in Arkansas, sued the county claiming he was forced to resign because of race discrimination.
On Wednesday, county officials filed their answer. The county levies some pretty heavy allegations against Mr. Camper. They say they advised the former county coroner to resign or face a possible public investigation after a female employee threatened to bring a sex harassment case against the coroner. According to the answer, the coroner admitted that he had sex in the county morgue with the female employee several months after he fired her, and then rehired her a few days later.
All I can say is thank god they had sex in the morgue (or allegedly). I have been struggling to find lawsuits to blog about.
The county says they learned that the coroner ran into the former employee at a gentlemen’s club in early January and began texting her. The woman claims that the coroner demanded sex as a condition for his rehiring her:
[The County] also learned that [the employee] had retained copies of text messages between herself and [the coroner] and that on the morning of Saturday, January 15, 2011, [she] and [the coroner] had sex on County property (the County morgue). [The coroner] rehired [her] on the next business day following
their sexual encounter at the County morgue.
The coroner’s county cell phone records show that he and and the female employee exchanged 467 text messages during this time period.
Of course, one can’t just take the county’s version of what happened. Certainly, the coroner wouldn’t have admitted any of this in his complaint. Right?
In a case with a truly salacious set of facts, the coroner’s complaint does not disappoint. While the complaint doesn’t get into any details about what the coroner did or did not do with any employees, he does provide lots of details about all the other county officials that he believes were having sex with their fellow county employees. The thrust of his claim is that he was singled out for having sex with an employee because of his race, and not because he was about to become the center of a difficult-to-defend “quid pro quo” (have-sex-with-me or-your-fired) claim.
Whether or not the sex harassment claim has any merit, it sounds like the county had a pretty legit reason for wanting the coroner out of the morgue. And the coroner’s dirt-dishing allegations in his complaint aren’t relevant as to whether he had opened himself and the county to an explosive sex harassment lawsuit.
Interesting to me, the county originally claimed that the coroner resigned because he had a knack of getting “under the skin of law enforcement officials with his propensity to play Quincy for reporters at crime scenes.” (I wanted to be Quincy as a kid).
That reminds me of the greatest Quincy scene ever (I’ve been waiting to use this ever since I’ve started this blog):
There are some excerpts of the dialogue and a discussion on the absurdity of the Quincy punk rock episode at this link.
source: The Republic.
source: Arkansas Times Blog