Georgia district attorney is charged with bribery after he ‘sexually harassed a prime feminine worker and tried to repay a prosecutor to drop shoplifting costs in opposition to her’
- Donald Richard ‘Dick’ Donovan, 75, was arrested on Monday in Paulding County
- He is charged with 4 felony counts together with bribery and false swearing
- It adopted an investigation of sexual harassment declare by prime feminine staffer
- Victim advocate Jaime White filed a harassment go well with in opposition to Donovan in 2019
- Prosecutors say Donovan lied underneath oath within the case and tried a bribe
- Donovan has been the Paulding County district attorney since 2011
Donald Richard ‘Dick’ Donovan, 75, is charged with 4 felony counts in Georgia
A district attorney in Georgia has been charged with bribery and different counts in an investigation stemming from his alleged sexual harassment of a feminine worker.
Donald Richard ‘Dick’ Donovan, 75, surrendered for arrest on Monday in Paulding County, the place he is charged with false swearing, bribery, and two counts of violation of oath by an officer.
Donovan, who has been the district attorney of Paulding County since 2011, was charged following an investigation that stemmed from a sexual harassment go well with filed in 2019 by Jaime White, who labored as a sufferer advocate in his workplace.
The lawsuit accused Donovan of constructing a number of undesirable advances in opposition to White between 2017 and 2019, together with allegedly describing his sexual fantasies about her intimately.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation investigated the matter, and mentioned that Donovan refuted the claims within the lawsuit in a sworn affidavit. His denial is the premise of the false swearing cost.
Donovan (left and proper), who has been the district attorney of Paulding County since 2011, was charged following an investigation that stemmed from a sexual harassment go well with
‘I’ve by no means instructed we have now intercourse, I’ve by no means provided to have intercourse with her, I’ve by no means mentioned I wished to have intercourse with her, I’ve by no means tried to have intercourse with her. I’ve by no means touched her wherever that was inappropriate,’ Donovan mentioned in an affidavit, in line with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
In contradiction to the affidavit, White offered audio tapes and written notes to investigators, prosecutors say.
The indictment alleges Donovan lied when he denied ‘ever having mentioned that he wished to have intercourse’ with her and that he lied when he denied ‘describing his fantasies wanting to be bodily’ with the girl.
The bribery cost in opposition to Donovan pertains to allegations that he tried to bribe a prosecutor to drop shoplifting costs in opposition to White.
The indictment additionally alleges Donovan violated his oath of workplace when he dedicated bribery.
The indictment alleges Donovan lied when he denied ‘ever having mentioned that he wished to have intercourse’ with a sufferer advocate in his workplace. He is seen above at a group occasion
The bribery cost in opposition to Donovan (second from proper) pertains to allegations that he tried to bribe a prosecutor to drop shoplifting costs in opposition to the feminine worker
White claimed in a discrimination grievance that Donovan repeatedly instructed her he was in love with her and compelled her to take a seat in prolonged personal conferences with him.
Donovan’s conduct towards her, White mentioned, induced her ‘anxiousness, disgrace and emotional misery.’
White’s civil go well with was settled for $300,000 in January 2020. Donovan has denied any wrongdoing.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has the ability to droop Donovan as district attorney if a committee appointed by the governor deems it mandatory.
The committee is at the moment reviewing the indictment in opposition to Donovan.
A bench warrant for Donovan’s arrest was issued on Thursday, giving him till Tuesday to give up for reserving.
Donovan surrendered at round 4.30pm on Monday and was launched about an hour later after posting a $2,500 money bond.