Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto scored a major legal victory Thursday in his defense of sexual harassment accusations that have plagued him for years.
A Sacramento federal judge threw out a lawsuit filed two years ago by a female correctional officer alleging that Prieto subjected her and other female employees of the Sheriff’s Office to a hostile work environment with unwelcome hugs and kisses.
Victoria Zetwick “did not put forth sufficient facts to support her claim,” U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley ruled in a 16-page order granting a request by the county and the sheriff for summary judgment in their favor.
Nunley ordered the suit dismissed and the case closed.
Zetwick’s attorney, Johnny Griffin III, said, “We have carefully studied Judge Nunley’s opinion. We disagree with its conclusions and will seek review” at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.