By Ryan Miner
Note: I’ve known Commissioner Myers for many years. I am unfamiliar with any of the facts surrounding the legal “notice of claim” and have not been made privy to the details found in the complaint. Nicole and LeRoy Myers are my friends. I respect them and their privacy. Commissioner Myers, like any American citizen who is accused of civil or criminal misconduct, is expected to be presumed innocent until guilt is found or admitted – a sacred legal standard that is sacrosanct in our American system of justice. As a blogger and political reporter, I do have an obligation, nevertheless, to report the story fairly and without bias. That is my promise to my readers.
Here’s what I know and what I have heard:
First term Washington County Commissioner LeRoy E. Myers Jr. has been legally accused of sexual harassment by Assistant County Administrator Sarah Lankford Sprecher. The harassment allegedly occurred during a county business trip to South Korea last October.
I reached out to Commissioner Myers last night via text message asking for a comment but received no response.
I also reached out to several of my sources inside Washington County government.
One source familiar with the allegations against Myers said Assistant County Administrator Sarah Lankford Sprecher’s allegations are true, and that the complaint goes much deeper.
My source went further into detail, telling me that allegations against Myers extend to the South Korean trip the county commissioners took part in last year. According to my source, Commissioner Myers was allegedly warned to stop sexually harassing one of the Korean interpreters. Myers’ wife, Nicole Alt-Myers, also attended the South Korean trip.
My sources also told me that the county has stalled the investigation and that several witnesses are willing to go on the record to report Myers’ alleged sexual harassment.
I reached out to a prominent Washington County attorney for comment who asked not to be named in this story.
The attorney had this to say about the allegations against Myers:
“Technically, it’s called ‘intentional infliction of emotional distress’ and I’m inclined to believe it. To come up with an ‘actionable offense’ for the purposes of a complaint, you have to have prima facie evidence of wrongdoing. In other words, it will be hard to prove by a preponderance of the evidence, but for there to be enough for a complaint along, there has to be a decent basis for the case.”
I do not have a copy of the complaint filed. I will update you as I know more.