By Kathy Jefcoats
JONESBORO — A Clayton County sheriff's employee who was videotaped in the bathroom by a co-worker has filed a $200,000 lawsuit against the sheriff's office, alleging she was humiliated and embarrassed.
Stephanie Glenn filed the complaint in Clayton County Superior Court June 11 against the “Clayton County Sheriff's Department.” The suit establishes venue and jurisdiction by claiming it arises out of the "improper conduct" of former Clayton County Sheriff Kem Kimbrough in his official capacity.
Kimbrough is not specifically identified as a defendant, however. He said Monday he was unaware of the filing and had no comment.
Glenn, who has worked for the sheriff's office since 1979, is being represented by Larry Stewart and R. Andres Marierose. Marierose briefly represented Sheriff Victor Hill during Hill's first term in office, from 2005 to 2008. Hill returned to office in January.
Glenn was promoted in 1997 to financial administrator.
On July 14, 2010, co-worker Alicia Nicole Parkes, 34, of McDonough videotaped Glenn using the bathroom at the sheriff's office and shared the tape with others. Parkes was Kimbrough's public information officer.
Glenn accuses Kimbrough in the suit of being aware of the incident and taking no action.
"Kimbrough not only refused to fire Parkes, but kept her in the same position," the suit alleges. "Glenn on Oct. 4, 2010, filed a complaint with Tracy Graham Lawson with the Clayton County District Attorney's Office concerning Parkes' actions."
Glenn alleges Kimbrough demoted her without justification Nov. 1, 2010, and gave her no responsibilities for eight months. She was later put in the office from where civil papers are served. Her office was near Parkes', requiring her to be confronted several times a week, alleges the suit.
Parkes admitted to the incident in January 2012 when she pleaded guilty as a first offender to unlawful eavesdropping. She was sentenced to three years on probation but could have gotten one to five years in prison.
Clayton County Executive Assistant District Attorney Lalaine Briones said during that hearing that a second charge of obstruction of an officer was dropped as part of the plea negotiation.
Also part of the plea deal was Parkes' apology to Glenn.
"I apologize to everyone for my part in this and hope she'll accept my apology," said Parkes prior to sentencing.
At Briones's prompting, Parkes made a second, more specific apology.
"I am apologizing for making a recording," she said. "It was a childish prank that went wrong and I'm very sorry."
Parkes resigned from the sheriff's office in March 2012. Glenn asserts she continues to suffer humiliation and embarrassment. Kimbrough left office in December after losing a re-election bid.
The sheriff's office has 30-45 days in which to answer the complaint.