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Prison Guard Wins Millions for Harassment

May 30, 1999|From Associated Press

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. — A male prison guard who sued after a female co-worker repeatedly tried to seduce him has won a $3.75-million sexual harassment award.

A jury found Friday that New Jersey corrections officials did nothing to stop the harassment of Robert Lockley Jr., even after he complained to supervisors at the Mid-State Correctional Facility at Ft. Dix.

The panel also determined that Lockley's co-workers and supervisors retaliated against him after he reported the harassment.

"It's a big win," said Lockley, 39, of Willingboro.

Lockley sued in 1994, alleging that Ronda Turner, 37, began harassing him in 1990. He said she called him to invite him to her home but he declined, saying he was married and not interested. Turner then began following him around the prison grounds, repeatedly asking him to go out with her or have sex, according to the lawsuit.

Lockley still works at Mid-State with Turner and other co-workers accused of retaliating.

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