Civil lawsuit filed against judge accused of sexual assault

ASOTIN, Wash. (AP) — Two women have filed a civil lawsuit against Asotin County Superior Court Judge Scott Gallina and Asotin County, claiming that when they reported alleged sexual assault by Gallina, Asotin County officials did nothing. KLEW-TV reports lawsuit filed in federal court says the both women reported Gallina’s alleged misconduct to county officials at different points from 2016 to 2018, and say officials were dismissive. Gallina was charged in 2019 with multiple felonies related to sexual misconduct, including rape, involving people who worked at the courthouse. He has pleaded not guilty. The Union Bulletin reports Gallina is not seeking another term as judge. The county didn’t immediately return an email seeking comment.

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