Second jury in sheriff lawsuit can’t reach verdict


December 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A second jury has failed to return a verdict in a lawsuit filed against Madison County Sheriff Craig Busch by a former dispatcher alleging sexual harassment. Kathryn Frank originally filed a lawsuit in 2005 against the county, then-sheriff Paul Welsh, and Busch, who was a deputy. She alleged Busch made offensive sexual remarks and groped her. The county settled the case, paying Frank $60,000.

After Busch became sheriff in 2009, Frank claims he retaliated against her. She filed a civil rights complaint in August 2009 and later that month was fired. She sued claiming civil rights violations. A jury trial last December ended in mistrial when jurors deadlocked. A second trial early this month has ended with the same result. Jurors were dismissed Monday unable to reach a verdict.