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Former dispatcher sues Murphysboro Police officials, city

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- Allison Covington started working at the Murphysboro Police Department in October 2016.

Between then and December of that year, the former dispatcher says she was subjected to an uncomfortable atmosphere, filled with inappropriate comments and sexual harassment.

In a 16-page lawsuit, Covington names her supervisor, Ken Johnson, and police chief Chad Roberts, along with the city.

She claims Johnson posted a giant photo of her in the office from her Facebook page on her first day, then told her he just wanted to show all the officers the "cute new dispatcher."

Covington said she spoke to other officers about this but nothing happened because Roberts also harassed her.

She said Roberts drove her to his house when his wife wasn't home-- making her uncomfortable-- but Roberts eventually drove her back to the station.

Covington also claims Roberts accused her of having phone sex with a suicidal person.

Roberts declined comment, saying all questions about the lawsuit should go to Mayor Will Stephens.

Stephens said the city will defend itself vigorously against the lawsuit-- but declined to comment further.

Covington seeks an undisclosed amount of money for lost wages and benefits, as well as emotional distress she suffered because of the alleged harassment.

There are deadlines for evidence in the case in April of next year.  

If the two sides can't reach a settlement, the lawsuit will go to trial in August 2019.

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