LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A state district judge has ruled a whistleblower lawsuit against a southern New Mexico district attorney can move forward.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports state Judge Jarod Hofacket last week rejected a move by Dona Ana County District Attorney Mark D'Antonio to dismiss the lawsuit.

Marylou Bonacci, a former office manager at the District Attorney's office, she was terminated in retribution for reporting sexual harassment by an office supervisor.

She also says she was fired for providing information and testimony to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for what she alleges was an investigation into D'Antonio's conduct.

The suit further alleges an assistant district attorney appeared in court intoxicated on two occasions but was not disciplined beyond sending him home.

The District Attorney's Office did not return phone messages.


Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News,