Saturday, March 19, 2016

Imprisoned WV Landlord Previously Convicted Of Seeking Sexual Favors From Female Tenants, & Who Settled Lawsuit Brought By State Human Rights Commission For $175K Now Gets Belted By Civil Rights Feds w/ Fair Housing Suit In Connection w/ Same Conduct

In Clarksburg, West Virginia, The Exponent Telegram reports:
  • The federal government has filed a Fair Housing Act complaint against an imprisoned Monongalia County landlord, his dead wife’s estate and their companies.

    The lawsuit contends that landlord Gary Carl Walden subjected female tenantsto discrimination on the basis of sex, including severe, pervasive and unwelcome sexual harassment.”

    That included the following, according to the lawsuit: Unwelcome sex acts; unwanted groping; offering housing benefits in exchange for sex acts on him or his workers; entering female tenants’ apartments without notice to sexually harass them; and threatening to “take adverse action” against female tenants who refused or objected to his actions.

    Walden’s wife, Tina, who died Dec. 24, 2014, received complaints from tenants about sexual harassment but failed to act to stop it, the lawsuit contends. She also took “adverse housing actions,” or threatened to do so, “in retaliation for discrimination complaints,” the lawsuit asserts.
    Walden’s wrongdoing occurred “since at least 2006 through July 2015,” when he was incarcerated, the lawsuit contends.

    Walden was convicted last May in Monongalia County of two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, two counts of conspiracy and one count of burglary. He is serving 2-10 years in state prison, to be followed by home detention and probation.

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