Missouri sheriff calls affair with subordinate a ‘personal failing’

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The sheriff in Kansas City’s Jackson County says he allowed his judgment to be “clouded” after recently released court documents described him having a sexual and financial relationship with a female employee who’s suing the county.

Sheriff Mike Sharp described what happened in a written statement Wednesday as a “personal failing.” The Kansas City Star reports that Sharp acknowledged in court documents that he gave an administrative assistant $8,000 as a down payment for a house after she alleged in a lawsuit that other co-workers sexually harassed her. Court records also say Sharp took the woman on taxpayer-funded trips and approved so many raises for her that she became the highest-paid civilian sheriff’s office employee.

Spokespeople for the county and sheriff’s office didn’t immediately respond to emails from The Associated Press.
Information from: The Kansas City Star

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