Ward County deputy accuses state's attorney of sexual harassment

Published: Oct. 17, 2017 at 2:46 PM CDT
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A Ward County sheriff's deputy has accused the county's state's attorney with sexual harassment, and has called for the resignations of the county state's attorney and the sheriff.

Deputy Timothy Poston made the accusations public at Tuesday’s County Commissioners meeting.

Poston has accused State’s Attorney Roza Larson of sexually harassing him on two separate occasions.

He said that in August, Larson groped his leg while they were talking, and later that month she made an inappropriate comment to him while the two were in a court hearing.

According to a report filed by an attorney in the matter, Larson said she did not recall the incident but indicated she was likely placing her hand on his leg for support.

Poston has accused Sheriff Bob Barnard of creating a hostile work environment and discriminating against him.

Poston said the county has not taken his accusations seriously and that if the genders in the situation were reversed, it would be a different story.

Poston said he may end up taking the issue to court.

Sheriff Barnard has declined to comment until the County Commissioners discuss the matter with a lawyer.

We have also reached out to Larson for reaction and are awaiting a response.

We will have more on this story at 6.