Murrieta, CA: Murrieta’s Mayor breaks his silence regarding allegations he sexually assaulted a woman while at a mixer.
City of Murrieta Mayor Harry Ramos broke his silence during a press conference on Friday, July 24th, 2014 regarding allegations that he groped and force himself on a woman during a mixer in January 2015.
“This is such a blatant and disgusting attack on my character and family,” said City of Murrieta Mayor Harry Ramos.
According to Kathleen Smith, the sexual harassment took place during a Chamber of Commerce mixer at the Murrieta Spectrum shopping center on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015.
Kathleen Smith filed a claim against the City of Murrieta on Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 seeking unspecified damages for Harry Ramos’ alleged misdeeds while carrying out his official duties.
According to the claim, City of Murrieta Mayor Harry Ramos is accused of “repeated verbal advances, kissing,” grabbing and squeezing Kathleen Smith’s buttocks and inner thighs without her consent while “acting in the course and scope of his position.”
Kathleen Smith was an employee with a local radio station at the time of the function and met City of Murrieta Mayor Harry Ramos for the first time there.
According to Kathleen Smith, the alleged molestation caused her to quit her job.
According to the claim, Kathleen Smith chose to stay quiet about the alleged assault until an investigator hired by the city to probe the mayor informed her the alleged molestation was witnessed by people who were interviewed as part of an on-going investigation.
Also in the claim, at least 3 witnesses were listed.
City of Murrieta Mayor Harry Ramos was defiant saying that he never ever sexually assaulted Kathleen Smith and that he never inappropriately touched a woman or forced himself onto a woman.
“I have never in all of my life inappropriately touched a woman or forced myself onto a woman. All associated with this sham should be ashamed,” said City of Murrieta Mayor Harry Ramos.
City of Murrieta Mayor Harry Ramos then told reporters that his accuser has political motivations.
“I was told that she was approached to do this simply with intentions to make her into a political pawn, simply because I refused to vote or go along with crony politics and support certain chosen developers and friends within the city,” said City of Murrieta Mayor Harry Ramos.
According to Kathleen Smith’s Attorney Dan Gilleon, “It’s a conspiracy, it’s all these sorts of things. Wait no actually mayor, it’s you grabbed her butt, you stuck your tongue down her throat and you put your hand up her skirt, that’s what happened here,”
City of Murrieta Mayor Harry Ramos is also the subject of an internal probe into his actions as a Murrieta City Council Member.
The City of Murrieta has at least 6 months to respond to the claim for damages.
According to Kathleen Smith’s Attorney Dan Gilleon, if the claim is not resolved, Kathleen Smith intends to file a lawsuit against City of Murrieta Mayor Harry Ramos and the City of Murrieta.
City of Murrieta Mayor Harry Ramos plans to contact the District Attorney’s Office and assert the allegations against him are part of a political conspiracy.