New Allegations Against Liberty County Sheriff

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

UPDATED June 13, 2013
by Julie Montanaro

An Equal Employment Opportunity Commission spokeswoman says she could not "confirm or deny" whether any complaints had been filed against Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch.

EEOC Spokeswoman Christine Nazer says they are confidential by law unless the agency ultimately files suit.


Liberty County, FL - More possible trouble is brewing for a suspended sheriff.

A former nurse at the Liberty County Jail is claiming Nick Finch allegedly sexually harassed her. Jennifer Bailey claims Finch started by rubbing her shoulders, but says his advances quickly escalated.
She says she worked for the suspended sheriff for only two weeks when he gave her a raise.

Her attorney says Finch's advances then became more direct to his
client.

In a phone interview he said, "On another occasion the sheriff placed his hand on her side and began sliding it up toward her breast until his hand either reached the breast or close enough to it. At which point, again, Ms. Bailey made it very clear that kind of behavior was unwelcome that she would not tolerate it."

Bailey's attorney says his client was fired soon after. She says the equal employment opportunity commission is now investigating.

We reached out to both the suspended sheriff and his attorney.
The sheriff did not return our calls. His attorney says he was unaware of the allegations and had no comment.


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