Thursday, August 25, 2011
FORT SMITH A Miller County Circuit Court judge has dismissed a petition that sought to remove the Sebastian County Circuit Court Clerk from office over allegations of sexual harassment.
Judge Kirk Johnson ruled Thursday the plaintiffs in the case didn’t have standing under the statute they used to file the petition against Ken Blevins.
Three female deputy circuit clerks filed a formal grievance with the county, alleging Blevins touched them inappropriately and made suggestive comments. Blevins denies the accusations.
A grievance committee ruled that Blevins sexually harassed office employees, but it had no legal standing to punish him. The removal petition was then filed.
Blevins told KFSM-TV he was pleased with the decision.
The women’s attorney, David Dunagin, is waiting for Johnson to issue an opinion before deciding whether to appeal.