Saturday, April 10, 1999

Butler Co. jail warden resigns


Harassment charged by ex-deputy

BY STEVE KEMME
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — The warden of the Butler County Jail has resigned in the wake of sexual harassment allegations by a former female deputy, the sheriff's department said Friday.

        Capt. Charles Profitt, who had worked for the sheriff's department for 22 years, resigned Thursday after being confronted with the allegations, said Brad Kraemer, the department's public information officer.

        The allegations surfaced in a complaint filed last month by Tammy Eversole with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

        Ms. Eversole, 35, said in her complaint that she had received “unwelcome sexual advances” from officers and deputies from her hiring on July 1, 1997, to her resignation on Jan. 14 this year.

        She said the advances included inappropriate touching and remarks.

        After he became aware of the complaint, Sheriff Harold Don Gabbard launched an in ternal investigation.

        “After being confronted with the findings of the investigation, (Capt. Profitt) has chosen to resign,” Mr. Kraemer said.

        He declined further comment because of the pending EEOC investigation. Capt. Profitt could not be reached for comment.

        Capt. Profitt was jail warden for five years and played an important role in planning a new county jail.

        Since January, he has been on special detail overseeing the design of the new jail. Butler County officials hope to replace the existing jail, which is overcrowded and in deteriorating condition.

        Acting Capt. Norman Lewis, who has been in charge of the jail since Capt. Profitt was placed on special detail, will continue to run the jail, Mr. Kraemer said.

        Ms. Eversole herself was the subject of an internal investigation after the sheriff's department was contacted by people trying to collect money for checks she had written.

        That investigation led to her Jan. 14 resignation, Mr. Kraemer said.

        Middletown police arrested Ms. Eversole last month on charges of impersonating an officer and passing a bad check.

       



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