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Two City Employees File Claims Over Lesher Center Child Abuse Case

The two employees are asking for compensation from the city because of the ridicule they say they've received

Walnut Creek City Hall
Walnut Creek City Hall
Two city employees have filed claims against the city, saying they have faced ridicule and embarrassment over a child abuse case involving a former employee at the Lesher Center for the Arts.

Community Services Director Barry Gordon and Lesher Center Manager Scott Denison are seeking more than $25,000 in damages, according to a story in the Contra Costa Times.

The city appears to be in the process of settling those claims outside of court, the Times reported.

The claims are in addition to a claim filed in September by former Human Resources Director Sally Rice.

In addition, Denison's wife and two daughters, who are involved in productions at the Lesher Center, have filed claims.

Gordon, Denison, Rice and another city employee were put on paid leave for two months while the city investigated accusations they didn't properly report actions involving former Lesher Center employee Jason Pedroza.

All four were cleared of any wrongdoing.

In early October, Gordon, Denison and Kevin Safine, Gordon's deputy, asked the city to reimburse them for legal fees.

Pedroza pleaded guilty in August to one felony count of using minors to engage in child pornography and a misdemeanor charge of child molestation. He was sentenced in October to 90 days in jail.

Jojo Potato December 06, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Some facts: Scott Denison hires his wife and two children to work at the RCA. The city had to pay $1.1M in 2005 to settle an issue where Mr. Denison had intimidated and abused his employees. Mr. Denison hired Jason Pedroza.who has recently plead guilty to a sex crime involving a performer at the theater. Jason was at the time in a relationship with one of Mr Denison's daughters. Now Mr. Denison and all his family want money because they were ridiculed? Doesn't anyone have any shame anymore? Time to clean house at the RCA that's for sure.
srl99 December 07, 2013 at 02:17 PM
Where is the purge of the city council? You will either do everything humanly possible to protect our babies, or you won't. There's no room for parsing, corporate speak, or highly paid consultants in this question.
One more time with feeling December 09, 2013 at 03:45 PM
There's something about "not biting the hand that feeds" _______ lurking in here.

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