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FARGO – A judge has been reassigned following allegations of sexual harassment by a court reporter.
Judge Wickham Corwin was reassigned to a team without the woman who complained of the harassment.
According to Corwin, he had hoped to have an affair with the woman, but did not intend for it to start right away, even though they shared a kiss at his home two years ago.
Corwin says the woman misinterpreted his attempts to talk to her after the matter to clear things up. The woman alleges Corwin tried to intimidate her because she did not go along with his advances.
“While Judge Corwin did not intend to threaten (the woman) or make her work environment uncomfortable, his actions had that effect,” read the sexual harassment report.
The court reporter has yet to file an actual lawsuit or formal complaint with the state Judicial Conduct Commission. She was initially reluctant to speak with investigators out of fear she might lose her job.
The allegations surfaced in January after Corwin raised issues about the reporter’s performance at work during a review. He claims she refused to do the typing he requested and that her emails had an insubordinate tone.
One of the emails entailed the woman telling Corwin that she did not want a personal relation-ship with him and asking him to stop discussing the matter.
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