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Harrison Co., Ind. sheriff faces sexual harassment suit

The U.S. Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against Harrison County, Ind. Sheriff George Michael Deatrick saying that he sexually harassed two female dispatchers.

The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in New Albany. The Justice Department is seeking an order that Deatrick cease any harassment and implement policies to prevent and correct any harassment that occurs.

Melissa Graham and Deana Decker filed sexual discrimination complaints in May 2008 with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which found the claims credible and ordered the parties to begin settlement talks.

Decker, 39, accused Deatrick of touching her breasts on several occasions, putting his hands down her pants once and making sexually derogatory remarks.

Graham, 41, accused the sheriff of calling her personal cell phone and leaving sexually derogatory messages and making similar comments in person.

Neither Deatrick nor his attorney, Bart Betteau, returned calls by The Courier-Journal seeking comment.