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AG will not investigate harassment claims surrounding woman in Durham report

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The Attorney General’s office interviewed 22 women as part of a sexual harassment investigation into Rep. Jeremy Durham.

But it now appears the same office can’t investigate claims that one of the 22 women is receiving harassing material.

“We have looked at whether we have authority to investigate these allegations and in these circumstances, we do not,” said Harlow Sumerford, a spokesperson for the Attorney General’s office. “These matters fall under the jurisdiction of the appropriate District Attorney’s Office.”

But Friday, the woman told the I-Team that she does not wish to move forward with the matter.

“This person has apologized to all of those involved,” she said in a statement. “I do not wish to press charges or discuss it any further. I am moving on and I hope everyone will, too. I hope everyone sees the bigger lesson to learn from this situation, and nothing like this happens in the future.”

On Thursday, Rep. Glen Casada, R-Thompson’s Station, said the woman called him to ask for help.

Casada said she received packages of a harassing nature at her home.

“It’s very frustrating,” Casada said. “These women came with the assumption, the verbal commitment, ‘We will protect you, this won’t hurt you in any way.’ And it has in one case.”

Casada ruled out the possibility Durham was responsible for the material. Instead, he identified the sender as a man who is “indirectly” tied to the Legislature, but does not work there.

On the day the report was released, Speaker Beth Harwell asked for everyone to respect the privacy of the witnesses and victims.

“Retaliation against those who bravely came forward to share what happened will not be tolerated,” she said on July 13.

Casada said he informed Harwell of the allegations Thursday evening.

“She takes it very seriously and as she’s done before, asks that people respect the privacy of these women,” said Kara Owen, a spokeswoman for Harwell.

It is unclear if Harwell ever contacted the woman who received the packages.

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