A Nevada woman was arrested for claiming a court officer sexually assaulted her:
Monica Contreras went to family court with her 2-year-old daughter in August 2011. She was in the courtroom only a few minutes on a routine divorce case. Her husband filed for a Temporary Restraining Order against her during their divorce. He never showed up in court so the order was denied.Hearing master Patricia Donninger ignored her pleas and looked away as she was arrested by the very same marshal. The entire incident was caught on camera:
According to internal court documents, as Contreras was leaving, family court marshal Ron Fox ordered her into a waiting room for an unexplained drug search.
Contreras said Fox touched her buttocks, breast, and ordered her to lift up her shirt. A later internal investigation by Clark County courts validated her claims. Contreras went back into the same courtroom and told hearing master Patricia Donninger that her requests to have a female marshal handle the search were ignored.
The marshall has since been fired, but the investigation is expanding:
Even though Fox was fired, sources tell the I-Team, Clark County courts are widening their investigation into why this incident, and a growing number of assault allegations, were never reported by family court management to internal affairs.Hearing Master Patricia Doninger has got go. Sign our petition to Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, and Eighth District Court Chief Judge Jennifer Togliatti to fire Patricia Doninger for this outrageous incident.
Fox maintains his innocence and is suing Clark County for wrongful termination. His attorney declined an on-camera interview but claims the marshal's arrest was legal because nobody in the courtroom tried to stop him.