Jones ducks questions he made sexual advances toward a subordinate deputy
Less than 24 hours after the Sacramento Bee revealed shocking allegations claiming Sheriff Scott Jones had made inappropriate sexual advances toward a subordinate deputy, coverage has consumed local Sacramento press.
To date, Scott Jones has still not responded to requests for comment on the allegations.
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Sheriff’s deputy claims ‘inappropriate’ relations with sheriff
BY CHRISTOPHER CADELAGO
…Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones was accused of making unwanted sexual advances toward a subordinate, activity he denied in a sworn statement, according to newly uncovered court documents from a lawsuit against the Sheriff’s Department claiming retaliation.
…Tosca Olives, at the time a 26-year-old sheriff’s deputy, said Jones, then a sergeant in legal affairs, was acting as her unofficial supervisor in the law library of the Main Jail in 2003. She said the contact started with Jones rubbing her shoulders while she took work-related phone calls.
…Over two years, she said in a deposition, the touching intensified to him reaching under her shirt. Olives said they engaged in mutual kissing and she contends Jones unzipped her pants and felt between her legs.
…The allegations against Jones, a Republican who is challenging Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, for his suburban swing district, are tucked in the voluminous records of a lawsuit brought by four female sheriff’s deputies who said they were retaliated against for complaining about discrimination and preferential treatment. In May, they were awarded a combined $3.6 million in damages. The county has said it will seek an appeal.
BY TIM LANTZ
…Former Sacramento Sheriff’s Department Deputy Tosco Olives reportedly claims Sheriff Scott Jones tried to turn their friendship into something more sexual while he acted as her unofficial mentor from 2003 to 2005.
…According to “The Sacramento Bee”, Olives provided a statement to the court in a recent $3.5 million lawsuit against the department by four other female deputies who claimed they had been harassed and suffered retaliation for reporting the harassment to superiors.
…The paper reports that in her testimony Olives said Jones gradually became more sexually aggressive with each time the pair met in the Main Jail Law Library. She reportedly testified that Jones started by rubbing her shoulders, then progressed to putting his hand up her shirt and eventually unzipped her pants and put his hand between her legs. This all allegedly took place prior Jones being elected sheriff.
…Jones is refusing to comment on the allegations, but Elmets suggests that could be a political blunder. He recommends Jones say this did not occur and move on.