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Pornography, sex toy trial set for April

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Jury to hear fired county employee's scathing allegations in circuit court

By The Staff

The trial of a woman suing the Anderson County Fiscal Court on charges that she was sexually harassed, shown pornography and given a sex toy before being fired from the judge-executive’s office is scheduled to begin next April 11 in Anderson Circuit Court, according to Anderson Circuit Court documents.

Lea Beasmore, who was fired last March, filed the lawsuit last May. In it she claims that county building inspector Dean Lickliter brought a sexual device commonly known as a vibrator into her office last Feb. 14 and gave it to her.

She also claims in the suit that Lickliter gave her items from an adult store owned by his wife on multiple previous occasions.

She claims the items were given to her in her office, which is located just across the hallway from Judge-Executive Steve Cornish’s.

She also claims that Bobby Spencer, the county’s electrical inspector, asked her and the judge-executive’s secretary, Cheryl Peach, to step into his office where he and Lickliter displayed a video of two people engaged in sexual intercourse on Spencer’s work computer, which is in close vicinity to Cornish’s office.

Beasmore also contends that she notified Cornish of poor accounting practices by Rick Waddy, the county’s financial officer, including when the county received a cancellation notice for its employee life insurance policy.

Beasmore was fired last March 2 following what she claims were multiple occasions of alerting Cornish to Waddy’s mistakes, and just two weeks after receiving the vibrator from Lickliter.

Beasmore also claims that she was “harassed” during her time working at the county highway department. She claims that when she was hired in June 2007, she was assigned to the road department under the supervision of highway foreman Chip Chambers. She said Chambers “began a course of harassing conduct that continued throughout the entire time she was employed at the road department.”

She claims that she told Cornish of the harassment on two separate occasions.

Cornish assigned Beasmore to his office in February 2008, seven months after she began working at the highway department.

The trial is scheduled to run four days in front of Judge Charles Hickman, according to documents on file in Anderson Circuit Court.