The woman who has accused Secretary of State Tom Schedler
of sexual harassment is speaking out, exclusively to the Louisiana Radio
Network. Dawn Ross, a longtime employee of the Secretary of State’s
office, says she was the recipient of unwanted sexually charged emails, gifts
and advances by Schedler since 2007 and she eventually had enough.
"I had told him he needed to stop and to leave me alone multiple times."
Schedler has described the relationship as consensual.
But Ross says she tried to keep the relationship only to the friendship level
and made it clear to him that’s all she was seeking.
“I would ignore a lot of the comments he would make, the
emails, and the texts.”
Ross says Schedler also stalked her and would show up
unannounced in public settings. She says the Secretary of State even bought a
townhome in the same complex as her.
“I had two chairs in my yard and a neighbor saw him
sitting in my yard at 11 o’clock at night, in his pajamas, and told him that he
could see the stars better back there.”
Ross, who also worked for a time as Schedler’s secretary,
says the final straw came last April, when Schedler started screaming at her
when she asked for time off. Ross says Schedler banished her from the office
and assigned her to a room with nothing to do and was told to stay out of
sight. She says that continued for about three months.
“I couldn’t do it anymore. It was just awful to sit there
all day with no work and people following me, his security. I just left and I called
Ross was interviewed by Louisiana Radio Network Anchor/Reporter Jim Shannon, who is the husband of her attorney, Jill Craft.
Schedler said back in March that he was the target of an unfair lawsuit.
Based on published emails that Schedler sent to Ross, Senator John Kennedy is now calling for Schedler's resignation.
"Secretary Schedler has claimed the truth about the sexual harassment allegations against him by his employee 'can be found somewhere in the middle.' The emails published today tell a different story, They show that he crossed the line and abused his position," said Sen. Kennedy. "It saddens me to say this, but Tom needs to resign. There is no place in Louisiana for sexual harassment in the workplace."
Below is a link to the unedited version of the exclusive LRN interview with Dawn Ross: