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General Denies Sex Harassment Suit

May 12, 1998

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) _ An Army general flatly denied sexually harassing a civilian lawyer under his command and conspiring with other officers to discredit her.

Brig. Gen. Darrel Porr, testifying Monday, categorically denied that he tried to kiss Kelly Theriot, made sexual advances and suggestive comments to her, or stroked her arm in an improper way.

``No, sir, I did not,″ he said when asked by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Maloney whether he had sexually harassed Theriot.

He replied the same way when asked if he had retaliated against her or asked others to do so, and said he had no part in sending out an e-mail that seemed to call her a liar.

Asked if Theriot is lying about what he did, Porr said without hesitation, ``Yes, sir.″

Theriot, 36, is seeking unspecified damages for harassment she claims occurred in 1995 while she was a regional medical claims lawyer for the Army and Porr was her boss at Madigan Army Medical Center near here.

When she complained, she says, top-level officers branded her a liar and troublemaker, then retaliated against her.

Porr, a physician and a decorated former Green Beret officer who has been in the service since 1969, said a conviction on sexual harassment charges would effectively end his career and possibly mean a court-martial.

``Would you risk that for a dalliance with Kelly Theriot?″ Maloney asked.

``No, I would not,″ he replied.

Porr, 50, is now commanding general of the 44th Medical Brigade at Fort Bragg, N.C.

A forensic psychologist also testified Monday that the Army’s alleged retaliation against Theriot plunged her into severe emotional problems similar to post-traumatic stress syndrome.

Stuart Greenberg, the Seattle expert who examined Theriot, said she has nightmares and menstrual periods that last two or three weeks, and sometimes digs into her hands until they bleed.

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