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Former Galveston deputy constable wins lawsuit

Published On: Mar 22 2014 02:39:14 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 22 2014 02:39:25 PM CDT

GALVESTON, Texas -

(AP) - A Galveston County jury has awarded more than $550,000 in back pay and damages to a former county employee who was sexually harassed by his then constable boss.

The Galveston County Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/1gmUKRn ) that a jury returned a unanimous verdict Friday in favor of former Deputy Constable James Gist who said that former Constable Pam Matranga forced herself on him. The county will pay him the back pay, damages and about $97,000 in attorney's fees.    

Gist resigned from the constable's office in 2011. Matranga lost her run for re-election in a May 2012 primary.

Barry Willey, who represented Galveston County, told jurors that Gist had been a willing participant in the inappropriate conduct and was upset when another employee received a promotion he wanted.

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