Court docs detail sexual harassment claims against former SFCC acting president
SPOKANE, Wash. — Court documents filed this week in Spokane County Superior Court detail sexual harassment claims made against the former acting president of Spokane Falls Community College.
The documents are in the form of a legal request to block the release of names of the women who made allegations against Darren Pitcher. Pitcher stepped down as temporary president of the college earlier this month. The community college confirmed he had been under investigation for sexual harassment.
After the resignation was announced, KXLY, The Spokesman Review and The Inlander filed public records request, asking for documents related to the investigation. An attorney representing one of the women asked the media outlets to stipulate that we would accept the records with the women’s names redacted. KXLY4 News agreed to the stipulation, based on the fact we would not otherwise release names of women who claim sexual harassment without their consent to that release.
Not every media outlet agreed, so the attorneys will go to court Monday, asking for a temporary restraining order to block the release of the names. The document says the release of their names would be a violation of their privacy and would have a “chilling effect for those coming forward to give information about workplace sexual harassment, retaliation and discrimination.”
In the injunction, the women are identified only as Jane Doe 1-9.
The documents allege a variety of claims against Pitcher. Jane Doe #1 was “subjected to severe and pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation and retaliation” including Pitcher exposing himself to the woman, “grooming her for a quid pro quo sexual encounter and, in fact, engaged in inappropriate sexual intercourse with her.”
The suit alleges Pitcher engaged in “numerous sexual predatory behaviors and had numerous sexual relationships with his subordinates.” It continues that those women “either gained promotion as a result of the sexual relationship or were fired or demoted if his sexual advances were rebuffed.”
The allegations first came to light in mid-January. As the Community College investigated that claim, claims from the other eight women surfaced.
The injunction says the relief of the women’s names would cause them irreparable harm.
A judge will hear the motion to block the release of the names on Monday afternoon.
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