The attorney for Ohio attorney general office staffer Cindy Stankoski said Wednesday that someone broke into and trashed her office while she was on vacation last week.
Stankoski is one of two women who claimed her boss and the agency's director of general services, Anthony Gutierrez, sexually harassed them, 10TV News reported.
Rex Elliott, an attorney who is representing the women, said someone made it through the office's secured doors and trashed Stankoski's office.
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"Her desk had been rummaged through," Elliott said.
According to Elliott, coworkers discovered the mess while she was away. The office had desk items strewn about, materials from containers removed and mail opened. Elliott told 10 Investigates' Paul Aker that someone was sending a message.
"She's very scared," Elliott said. "She took it as an act of intimidation that she's got to be very careful about what she says."
Stankoski claims that Gutierrez and Attorney General Marc Dann invited Stankoski to a northwest side condominium that the men were sharing last fall.
After a night of drinking, Stankoski said she passed out only to awaken with her pants unbuttoned and Guttierez next to her in his underwear. Since then, Dann placed Guttierez on paid leave while Ben Espy, an attorney in the office, conducts an internal investigation.
Dann told Aker that Espy should also look into the break-in.
"There's an investigation going on and I presume that if a lawyer said that - that information will be referred to Ben Espy," Dann said.
A spokesman for the attorney general said that the Ohio State Highway Patrol will delve into what happened. Whatever it was, Elliott said it is not enough.
"(Stankoski is) a very brave, courageous woman," Elliott said. "It's intimidating to her. It scares her. But she's not going to back down."
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