By Sarah Roebuck
LA VERGNE, Tenn. – Two former officers and the city of La Vernge have filed a lawsuit over a sexual harassment complaint filed against them.
The lawsuit is in response to another lawsuit filed in February by former La Vergne police officer Maegan Hall. The city, along with former sergeants Lewis Powell and Henry “Ty” McGowan, denied all allegations of “grooming,” sexual harassment and having a sexually hostile work environment, WSMV reported.
In the response, it appears that all three want to have the complaint dismissed.
“Where Ms. Hall looked for role models in her new job, she found predators instead. Instead of offering professional development, her supervisor and the police chief groomed her for sexual exploitation,” the original complaint by Hall states. “They colluded to use their authority to systematically disarm her resistance and trap her in degrading and abusive sexual relationships , himself shares tips on the best ways to manipulate and exploit her. Maegan Hall felt trapped in the role she was assigned at the City of La Vergne Police Department, and in an attempt to escape, she nearly killed herself. Then the city blamed her for everything.”
All three in the counter-suit have denied the allegations from the complaint.
Powell is also suing Hall in a defamation counterclaim and is seeking a jury trial, compensatory damages of $200,000, punitive damages and more, according to WSMV.
Attorneys for Hall previously filed a motion for default judgment before a judge, but that was denied. The case is expected to proceed to trial.