BACLIFF, Texas — A former Galveston County deputy constable, who resigned last year after the district attorney’s office launched a criminal investigation into allegations that he bugged Precinct 7 Constable Pam Matranga’s office, filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing the constable of sexual harassment.
The lawsuit, filed in the 405th District Court by James P. Gist, follows a complaint filed in January with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The lawsuit, which names the county and Matranga as defendants, alleges Matranga made “unwanted and uninvited sexual advances” toward Gist. The lawsuit alleges Matranga tampered with evidence, namely a recording, Gist said he had to document the harassment.
Matranga, who said the lawsuit comes just 12 days before early voting in a hotly contested primary race, said Gist is seeking revenge because she refused to alter “a legal document as he requested.” She said Gist had threatened her that “it’s going to get messy” when she refused his request and that the lawsuit is Gist’s part of making good on that promise.
In a series of allegations listed in the lawsuit, Gist maintains Matranga would lift her shirt over his head and press his head into her cleavage. He also alleges the constable would make crude statements and gestures.