A sexual harassment complaint has been filed by a New Jersey female reporter against a councilman. Ironically, the same reporter had in recent years written about a high-profile sexual harassment case involving a state township mayor. Now, the reporter has turned plaintiff with her charges that she became an unwilling victim.
The reporter is alleging that the New Jersey councilman touched her in a way that she found to be offensive. It is unclear what the touching involved, and she is not making statements to clarify the event or provide exacting details. What is currently known is that the physical contact purportedly occurred following a township meeting of council.
The councilman, who is an elected official, has not yet been officially summoned, according to media reports. He has publicly declared that he had no knowledge of the reporter's claims until he learned of them later. He has also said that it was a misunderstanding that he felt he had cleared up after the meeting, although it is unclear to what he is specifically referring. His name is scheduled to be on the ballot for the Nov. 5 election, and the sexual harassment charge could affect his re-election.
The case is scheduled to be heard in municipal court in a community outside of the councilman's jurisdiction. The hearing will determine if the complaint is substantial enough to proceed within the court system. If the reporter wins the case and the councilman is found guilty of the sexual harassment charges, he will face a maximum jail sentence of 30 days, and the possibility of being fined up to $500.
Source: newjerseynewsroom.com, Reporter Accuses Official of Harassment, Tori Nadel, Oct. 11, 2013