Attorney General Suspends Director Amid Sexual Harassment Claims
Attorney General Marc Dann on Monday placed his general services director on paid administrative leave pending the state's investigation into claims that he sexually harassed staff employees.
According to a release issued by Dann's office, officials were investigating claims that Anthony Gutierrez harassed two female employees.
“We take all allegations of this nature extremely seriously,” Dann wrote in a statement. “In order to protect the interests and rights of all the parties involved we believe it is prudent to place Mr. Gutierrez on leave during the course of the investigation."
Dann wrote that the action was taken to ensure that the investigation proceeded in accordance with his office's policies and procedures.
In the complaints filed last week, the women claimed that Gutierrez pressured them for sex. According to documents obtained by 10TV News and The Columbus Dispatch, at least one of the alleged incidents occurred at an apartment leased by Dann's campaign fund, 10 Investigates' Paul Aker reported.
At one point, Dann shared the apartment with Gutierrez and his communications director, Leo Jennings, Aker reported.
A search of state records showed Dann's campaign paid about $1,300 for the lease last July.
Jennings was not available for an on-camera interview, but he told 10 Investigates that his office was conducting a full investigation.
Jennings also said that reports of his office offering the women "anything they want" to end the allegations was not true, Aker reported.
"Any implication there was some sort of cover up is totally false," Jennings said.
Dann's office said any findings would be made public.
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