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Suit: Housing assistance traded for sex

Posted March 7, 2013

— In a civil lawsuit against a Scotland County-based housing aid group, eight women claim agency employees demanded sexual favors in exchange for help with housing subsidies.

The women allege John Wesley and Eric Pender, employees of Four-County Community Services, made sexually suggestive comments and that Pender followed up with phone calls, unwelcome touching and physical intimidation.

One woman claims her benefits were delayed after she refused to have sex with the men. Another claims her benefits were denied.

Four-County, which, according to its website, serves the poor in seven counties in the southern part of the state, vets applicants for federal Section 8 rental programs among other services.

In the lawsuit, the women claim that Pender is a former member of the State Highway Patrol who was dismissed from that duty for sexual harassment.

They claim the threats and bribes made by both men were "widely known among the community and among their co-workers at FCCS."

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  • junkmail5 Mar 7, 5:50 p.m.

    I agree, whatelseisnew. No free housing, no harassment charges. Problem solved.

    thewayitis

    There is no free housing.

    Section 8 persons pay 30% of their income toward housing, the government covers the rest.

    And less than 4% of households are in the program.

    That's aside from how disgusting the attitude of "Well the implied sexual assault is her own fault for being poor" is

  • Terkel Mar 7, 5:26 p.m.

    Clearly the answer is more programs to raise awareness.

  • justabumer Mar 7, 5:16 p.m.

    What is really sad is that there are so many folks who have done so little to prepare themselves for life that they can't survive without public assistance.

  • marciamal1 Mar 7, 5:06 p.m.

    I agree with aid to whom needs it but, for these men to ask for sex - no, that is literally disgusting - it is sick to hear of stories that have to deal with men and their sexual problems

  • thewayitis Mar 7, 4:58 p.m.

    I agree, whatelseisnew. No free housing, no harassment charges. Problem solved.

  • whatelseisnew Mar 7, 4:23 p.m.

    there should not be HOUSING aid. Pay your own rent or mortgage.