Former Johnson employee files order of harassment

A former office clerk of Mohave County Supervisor Buster Johnson said she obtained an order of harassment in response to his admission that he videotaped her.

Kelly McMahon said in an e-mail that she obtained the order June 10 from Nelson Meringola, an associate magistrate in the Lake Havasu City Justice Court.

She said City Magistrate Clyde Andress denied a similar request eight days earlier on the basis that she did not witness the alleged videotaping.

McMahon said she believes the videotaping is evidence of harassment in response to the grievance that she filed against Johnson in February 2002 with the Mohave County Human Resources Department, alleging sexual harassment.

Johnson said he is challenging the order, with a hearing set for 11 a.m.

June 26.

Like an order of protection, an order of harassment bars contact between parties in a dispute but applies to people who are not married or have other blood relationships, according to a Justice Court employee.

Johnson admitted to the Miner that he videotaped McMahon in October 2002 with the intent of proving that she and Human Resources Director Geoff Riches were having a relationship.

He said a private investigator produced another videotape.

"It was not so much Kelly (McMahon)," Johnson said.

"It was Riches we were looking at it."

Riches is on vacation and could not be reached for comment regarding Johnson's allegations.

He oversaw a six-week investigation - concluding in April 2002 - in which his office determined that Johnson sexually harassed McMahon and former administrative assistant Marisa Tusa.

The human resources department placed both women on paid leave when the probe started and helped to find other jobs for them.

Johnson said the videotaping is not a form of harassment, adding he does not plan to do any more videotaping because "I have no reason to." Johnson and Tusa obtained orders of protection against each other last July in which they both alleged stalking.

Johnson has denied that he sexually harassed either woman but admitted that he was in a relationship with Tusa, who has since remarried and now works for the human resources department.

Besides filing grievances against Johnson at the county level, both Tusa and McMahon filed complaints, known as charges, with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, a federal agency that investigates complaints of workplace discrimination.

McMahon now works for the county library in Lake Havasu City.