By The Daily Wire. Three male police officers from California have come forward to accuse the state’s first female sheriff of past acts of sexual harassment and retribution.
According to a report from ABC 7 News’ I-Team, two of the male accusers, who have revealed their identities, say they are not seeking any monetary compensation but merely want to have their stories heard and for the sheriff to be held accountable. The third accuser, a 30-year veteran officer, has remained anonymous out of fear of retribution against his children.
Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith, who was praised for breaking barriers for women as California’s first female sheriff, claims the accusations against her are fabricated. “It’s all false, absolutely false,” she told the news team.
Retired Sgt. Gary Brady says Smith sexually harassed him some 20 years ago and later retaliated against him when he spurned her advances. When Brady came forward to file a gender discrimination grievance with the county’s Equal Opportunity Department at the time of the alleged harassment, he says he was denied.
Both married at the time, Smith “undressed and she got on top of me and she wanted me to do some things that I’m embarrassed to talk about now,” recalls Brady of an alleged encounter in 1991. The officer says he cut the incident short and told her, “It’s time to go.” (Read more from “Numerous Male Officers Accuse Female Sheriff of Sexual Harassment” HERE)
First Female Sheriff in State Faces Complaints of Past Sexual Harassment
By ABC 7. She broke barriers as the first female sheriff in the state, and now Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith faces accusations of past sexual harassment. . .
Laurie Smith has had a long career at the Sheriff’s Department — 45 years. And tonight, three men are coming forward to claim that, as she climbed the ladder, she abused her position of power. . .
Through a spokesman, Sheriff Smith released a statement saying, “These false narratives are nothing more than an orchestrated attack on the integrity of the Sheriff’s Office and my personal reputation,” and she declined to be interviewed. So, Dan Noyes found her Wednesday evening outside a campaign event that she wound up not attending. . .
Albanoski has his own story saying that he was a deputy sheriff on lunch break at Elmwood Women’s Jail in the late ’80’s when Smith came onto him. “And she had her uniform shirt unbuttoned down to like the third button, not wearing a T-shirt, not wearing a bra, and kind of exposing herself to me,” he said. . .
The officers agreed to sign waivers, but the sheriff and her staff have not provided anything from the personnel files that would call into question the officers’ credibility. Albanoski and Brady tell us they have no plans to sue and are not after money, but they wanted their stories heard before this week’s election. (Read more from “First Female Sheriff in State Faces Complaints of Past Sexual Harassment” HERE)