Lawsuit: County failed to stop chief's sexual harassment

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — Lawsuits filed by two attorneys with the St. Charles County Counselor's office accuse the county's former police chief of sexual harassment, and they say county leaders failed to take action to stop it.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Associate County Counselor Holly Magdziarz and Assistant County Counselor Megan E. Murray filed separate lawsuits. The suits claim former St. Charles County Police Chief David Todd frequently made sexually explicit comments, sent vulgar text messages and inappropriately touched them at work. Todd retired in February.

Both lawsuits said the women alerted county leaders including County Executive Steve Ehlmann, but none put a stop to it.

A statement from the county said it does not discuss pending litigation but added, "We are confident the evidence will give an entirely different representation of the plaintiffs’ employment with St. Charles County government.”