Last Thursday former Saline Township Supervisor Alvin Steiner was accused in yet another sexual misconduct suit. This suit marks the fifth brought against the former Township employee since January by women who claim that Steiner tried to grope and kiss them when they came to his office seeking financial aid.
According to the Belleville News-Democrat, the fourth woman to file a suit, Laura B. Barry, stated that she never followed up on her aide request because Steiner’s original advances had made her too uncomfortable. The suit has also charged other Township employees were aware of Steiner’s behavior but made no actions to report or prevent them.
The Township’s lawyer denies that the Township had any prior knowledge of the allegations against Steiner, and told the News-Democrat that out of the 139 people that received awards last year, 89 of them were women. All of the suits seek damages in excess of $50,000 plus attorney’s fees.
The Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN) estimates that 1 in 6 women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual misconduct, please contact the law firm of WWF&G at 1-800-WWFGLAW or 618-567-8030 for a free consultation.