Reams probe includes complaints from female employees
Allegations about Reams' conduct came to light Tuesday in a court filing arguing that the embattled county attorney should be allowed to have more information into the attorney general's investigation that began more than a month ago.
"My reaction was I was a little surprised," Reams said in an interview on Tuesday. "Clearly, they're saying it's a hostile work environment."
"The allegation includes that County Attorney Reams touched the assistant county attorney while pointing out the unintended undone button," Ramsdell said in court papers.
The incident was investigated, Ramsdell said, "and another person who was present at the conference reported that the alleged event did not happen."
In May 1999, a female employee complained to the state Attorney General's Office that Reams called her a "babe" and allegedly commented that "buttoning her top button on a sweater made her look like a 'prude'," according to Ramsdell.
Reams admitted to "telling an unwise joke" and claimed that other interactions with the female employee "were taken out of context or were fabrications," Ramsdell said in a court motion.
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