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Thursday, December 07, 2017 11:40 am

Probation officer files sex harassment suit against judge

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A probation officer has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against a Huntington County Circuit Court judge. 

The lawsuit, filed this week by Chief Probation Officer Heather Malone, alleges Judge Thomas Hakes engaged in several unwanted advances during the last year, including sending after-hours Facebook messages about alcohol and expressing "a strong desire for Ms. Malone's 'friendship.'"

Malone says Hakes also sent photos of himself with messages such as, "come on ... admit it, you miss me."

The behavior has caused stress for Malone, according to court documents, and she has lost standing in her workplace. 

The lawsuit seeks a jury trial and unspecified damages from Hakes. 

mleblanc@jg.net