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Third victim found in sexual harassment lawsuit against Sheriff's Office


The defense in a sexual harassment lawsuit against Iredell County Sheriff Phil Redmond and Deputy Ben Jenkins says they have found a third domestic violence victim who was sexually harrassed by Jenkins.

Attorney Josh Van Kampen, who represents Suzanne Wick, one of the other two victims, says Jenkins ex-wife came to them and said she caught Jenkins having an affair with a domestic violence victim in 2006.

On Wednesday, Van Kampen filed a motion in U.S. District Court to request that the Sheriff's Office hand over contact information for other women Jenkins had contact with during his time in the domestic violence unit at the Sheriff's Office.

"We're not happy to be uncovering this," Van Kampen said. "The story just gets more tragic."

Wick came forward with her allegations in 2009. The Sheriff's Office reassigned Jenkins to jail duty in response to her claims, Wick said.

The Sheriff's Office had asked for the lawsuit to be dismissed last year but that request was denied.

Wick, and the other woman named in the lawsuit, Lisa Mangiardi, were both trying to escape from abusive husbands when they came to the domestic violent unit where Jenkins was assigned to their cases.

Mangiardi is the second woman to claim Jenkins harassed and stalked her, abusing his power and authority to try and advance a sexual relationship.

Lisa Mangiardi and Suzanne Wick filed the lawsuit in Iredell County, but it was moved to federal court last spring.

They claim Sheriff Phil Redmond is responsible for not managing and supervising his employee.

Wick spoke to WBTV on Thursday and said she feels Sheriff Phil Redmond just wanted her and her claims to go away.

"I think that Jenkins should ultimately lose his job and that an outside agency needs to be brought in to investigate the department."

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