Attorney General broke policy after 'friend' accused of sexual harassment
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine heavy-handed an investigation inside his own office last year of a sexual harassment complaint involving a personal friend DeWine hired after he took office in 2011.
Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus Chair Responds to DeWine’s Interference
in Sexual Harassment Investigation
COLUMBUS – Yesterday, the Sandusky Register reported that in 2013 Mike DeWine personally interfered with an internal sexual harassment investigation in which the harasser was described as a “personal friend” of DeWine. Over the expressed objections of the investigator, DeWine demanded and eventually was given the name of a confidential whistleblower who had indicated he had information for the investigator about the perpetrator. [Source: Sandusky Register (8/6/2014), “DeWine dogged probe.”]
In response to DeWine’s actions in the internal sexual harassment investigation, Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus Chair Kathy DiCristofaro released the following statement:
“Mike DeWine’s interference in this investigation is a perfect example of why women are often afraid to come forward when they’ve been sexually harassed. DeWine failed to allow independent investigators to do their jobs, and since the investigation was ‘short-circuited,’ we may never be able to get to bottom of what actually occurred between Mike DeWine’s close friend and a former intern."
"What we do know is that there is likely still a sexual harasser in Attorney General’s office who has avoided punishment because this investigation went nowhere, and Mike DeWine’s personal efforts protected him. Ohio women deserve answers on why AG DeWine was interfering again in an ongoing investigation.”