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Clallam County prosecutor seeks dismissal of harassment suit

October 1, 2018

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Clallam County Prosecutor Mark Nichols is seeking to have a sexual harassment lawsuit against him dismissed.

The Peninsula Daily News reports that Nichols’ former office manager and longtime friend Tina Hendrickson is suing him in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, alleging that he gave her unwanted hugs, tried to kiss her and denied her a raise because she resisted his advances.

In depositions, both said they had been close friends, and Nichols acknowledged telling the married Hendrickson that he “would be interested in a romantic relationship.” Hendrickson says she was “disgusted” by his advances because she wasn’t interested and because Nichols was her boss. She filed a human resources complaint in April 2017.

Nichols denies any allegations of wrongdoing and has asked U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle to dismiss the lawsuit. The case is set for trial in December.

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Information from: Peninsula Daily News, http://www.peninsuladailynews.com

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