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Ex-worker accuses supervisor of stalking

A former administrative assistant to District 3 Supervisor Buster Johnson has filed a stalking complaint against him.

Marisa Tusa, formerly known as Marisa Bopp, filed a report with Lake Havasu City police in connection with an incident Friday night.

She claimed Johnson followed her while she was driving her boyfriend's car and followed her own car driven by her boyfriend, police spokesman Charlie Cassens said.

Tusa claimed Johnson followed her along several Lake Havasu City streets before she stopped to allow Johnson to pass.

Johnson reportedly continued to follow her boyfriend, who was still driving her car.

She followed Johnson, who was driving his county vehicle, then pulled alongside him to yell something at him.

Johnson sped away without replying, a police report stated.

Later that night, Johnson filed a harassment order with the Lake Havasu City Police Department, claiming Tusa had followed him and then pulled her vehicle alongside his to yell at him.

Johnson later spotted the vehicle driving back and forth on a street, a police report stated.

Johnson denied following Tusa, saying the chances of meeting her on the streets at that hour were slim.

"She needs to put together a better story than that," Johnson said.

Cassens emphasized that both reports were informational only and neither case is being investigated.

However, Cassens added, protection orders were issued Monday for Tusa and Johnson against each other.

Tusa and another former employee of Johnson's office, Kelly McMahon, filed sexual harassment charges against Johnson in February.

Their claims are being investigated by the Arizona Attorney General's Office.

Both women are currently working in new county positions.

Tusa works for the planning and zoning department in Kingman.

Tusa also told police that Chris Ballard, director of the Mohave County Planning and Zoning Department, told her Johnson called the department several times a day last week asking strange questions.

She said Ballard told her that Johnson did not call the department as much before she began working there.

Johnson said he called Ballard only July 1 and placed one other call to the department but for a work-related matter.

He said he has not talked to Tusa since February.

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