Lawsuit Detailed Against District Clerk

POSTED: Friday, November 13, 2009 - 6:34pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:25pm

El Paso - - Troubles are mounting for El Paso County District Clerk Gilbert Sanchez. Graphic details are laid out in a sexual harrassment lawsuit against him.

The lawsuit reads like a trashy novel. It was filed by Jacqueline Borunda, whom Sanchez hired in January of last year.

Borunda claims Sanchez pressured her and asked to have sex with him. The lawsuit says Borunda was on probation when Sanchez hired her. Borunda says she refused his advances many times and told him to back off.

Borunda says she filed a complaint with the human resources department and about a month later, Sanchez fired her for violating company policy.

The lawsuit specifically states that Sanchez once asked Borunda "what kind of underwear she was wearing." That he "made attempts to kiss her" and sent her text messages saying, "I'm horny." The lawsuit also says he once "slapped her on the buttocks."

Sanchez would not talk to us about the lawsuit...

"I can't comment on whatever matter. It's a litigation issue. The County Attorney's office is representing me in that matter."

As NewsChannel 9 reported last night, another former employee is suing Sanchez for wrongful dismissal. Both lawsuits seek unspecified damages.

The employee lawsuits against Sanchez are only the beginning of his troubles. Armando Durazo with our media partners at the El Paso Times reports the following:

"As you have reported in the past, Sanchez was indicted by a federal grand jury. He had been charged with bribery and conspiracy. The bribery charges against have been dropped. A federal judge ruled that federal prosecutors filed those charges too late, in other words the statute of limitations had passed. He still faces a conspiracy charge. At this time, we don't know when and if that case will go to trial. Sanchez has pleaded not guilty. Sanchez' indictment is part of the vast public corruption probe that includes 12 separate investigations, up to 80 targets including elected officials, former elected officials and business people. So far, 12 people have pleaded guilty to a variety of charges."

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