Woman Who Accused Monroe County Lawmaker of Harassment Filing Lawsuit


The woman who says Monroe County Legislator Ernest Flagler-Mitchell harassed and manipulated her is suing him and the county. LaKaya Sinclair was 20-years-old when she said Flagler-Mitchell offered to help her following a mass shooting at her home in September 2020. Instead, Sinclair says Flagler-Mitchell began sending her late-night messages and even a nude selfie. Flagler-Mitchell claims the photo was intended for his wife. Monroe County's Board of Ethics determined Flagler-Mitchell had violated one section of the county's code of ethics. The Monroe County District Attorney’s Office said it found no criminal conduct in a review of text messages sent by Flagler-Mitchell. Sinclair plans to sue for $1 million for damages to her mental well-being and reputation. She is represented by Arthur Schwartz and Nate McMurray of Advocates for Justice, a civil rights law firm focused on workplace, community, economic, and environmental justice. Flagler-Mitchell lost his bid for reelection earlier this year. His term ends at the end of this year.


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