Officer Caught Sexual Misconduct on Tape But Alabama Sheriff Punished Her Instead

Sheriff Blake Dorning

Madison County, Alabama Sheriff is being sued for discrimination after members of the office allege multiple cases of sexual misconduct without consequence, one of which was caught on tape.

According to WHNT, a lawsuit claims that Marina Garcia, who’s worked as an investigator for 21 years, was the subject of Sheriff Blake Dorning’s retaliation after reporting the problems to supervisors. The problems began after she was transferred to work in the Sex Offender Registration Notification Act (SORNA) office in 2004, according to the suit.

Garcia ultimately set up recording equipment to catch a deputy in the Criminal Investigation Division involved in a sex act. Her attorney explained that she concluded she was forced to record the incident to prove what she was experiencing.

“Investigator Garcia felt it would be futile to complain to Sheriff Dorning and Chief Deputy Sheriff Jernigan,” said attorney Michael Weathers. “That nothing would be done and her only recourse within the sheriff’s office was to video and audio record what was going on.”

The lawsuit comes after Garcia said she was punished, threatened and demoted after complaining about a culture of harassment and a relationship between a supervisor and a subordinate. The suit says that Garcia complained to supervisor Charles Berry, who is also named as a defendant in the case. He is alleged to have been having an affair with an anonymous female subordinate staffer.

“Investigator Garcia complained and reported that because of Anonymous’s relationship with Cpt. (Charles) Berry, Anonymous would take over Garcia’s job and tell Investigator Garcia what to do and not to do,” the lawsuit claims.

She alleged Berry’s relationship with the subordinate hindered with her work and made for a hostile workplace.

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