Chicago Tribune: Cicero president accused in sex harassment suit
A Cicero municipal employee filed a lawsuit in federal court against Town President Larry Dominick today alleging he sexually harassed and assaulted her during several occasions since 2005.
According to the suit, Sharon Starzyk, 48, who was hired in 2000 to work in the town's Animal Welfare Department, alleges that Dominick embarked on "an increasingly offensive course" of sexual harassment and sexual assault, which included explicit comments, groping and inappropriate touching.
The suit accuses Dominick of sending Starzyk lewd and sexually explicit text messages. The suit said Dominick "grabbed and squeezed her breasts" and in one case "picked her up by her crotch."
Cicero officials would not comment on the lawsuit.
Terence Moran, an attorney for Starzyk, said there is a pattern of sexual harassment at town hall.
"We have witnesses," said Moran. "We are trying to retrieve text messages [Dominick] sent to her. This case won't be her word against Dominick's word. We have evidence."