Legal counsel rules against complaints of Ward County deputy

MINOT, N.D. – An outside law firm has recommended that no disciplinary action be taken against the Ward County state’s attorney and the county sheriff, stemming from a series of accusations from a county deputy.

Deputy Timothy Poston had accused State’s Attorney Roza Larson of sexual harassment on two separate occasions.

Poston said on one occasion, Larson groped his leg in the middle of a conversation, and in the other, he said she made an off-color remark about ‘fuzzy handcuffs.’

Poston had also accused Sheriff Bob Barnard of discriminating against him.

Poston addressed his concerns with the Ward County Commissioners on Oct. 17, after he says no action was taken on his complaints.

Amy Oyster, an outside counsel, filed a report with the County Commissioners, saying that her investigation did not back up Poston’s complaints.

Poston, though, says he thinks the department is ‘sweeping it under the carpet’ and he may pursue the issue further.