According to ABC Local KTRK News, a former Brazoria County judge has been ordered to pay more than $3 million to three women who claimed he sexually harassed them while he was on the bench. The civil lawsuit accused the judge of creating a hostile work environment by sexually harassing female county employees.
Mikki Kalina claimed she was fondled and sexually harassed by Judge James Blackstock, calling it the scariest chapter in her life. Kalina was a juvenile probation officer who says she reported Judge Blackstock’s inappropriate behavior and found out that at least a dozen other female employees complained of different types of sexual harassment.
In 2008, the judge was convicted of four counts of Class C assault and official oppression, causing him to resign from the bench. Kalina was one of three employees who sued the judge in civil court. The women also accused the judge of sending emails from county computers containing pornographic images.
According to court testimony, complaints of sexual harassment against Judge Blackstock began in 1993 involving over one dozen women. Blackstock, while no longer on the bench, retains his law license. Kalina says the common thread with all of the victims was fear, they were all afraid of what would happen to them if they came forward.
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