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State Attorney to investigate Polk courthouse sex allegations

10:51 AM, Aug 2, 2013   |    comments
On Wednesday, July 25, Alisha Rupp -- who shared a workspace with Judge Flood while working as a judicial assistant for Judge Beth Harlan -- alleged an extra-marital affair between Judge Flood and Flood's bailiff James Maxcy.
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BARTOW, Florida (AP) - The Polk County State Attorney's Office is investigating allegations made by a former courthouse employee who claims she was sexually harassed and fired after complaining about a judge and bailiff having an affair.

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The Ledger of Lakeland reports that former judicial assistant Alisha Rupp came forward at a news conference July 24 at her lawyer's Palm Harbor office. Reporters were given a four-page letter detailing her allegations of a "sexually toxic work environment" at the Polk County Courthouse.

A spokesman for the state attorney's office says the former courthouse employee's letter of complaint has been received and an investigation has started.

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