Emails show Schedler made sexual advances toward former secretary for years

Posted at 4:38 PM, Apr 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-26 17:38:04-04

Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler used his state email account for years to send sexually suggestive messages to a subordinate, including one exchange in which he told the woman he was attempting to "undress" her with his mind, records show. 

The Advocate reports the state emails offer the first glimpse of Schedler’s on-the-clock exchanges with Dawn Ross, a longtime employee who recently sued him for sexual harassment, claiming the secretary of state sent her love letters and then retaliated when she rebuffed his repeated advances. The emails were obtained by The Advocate through a public-records request.

A number of the emails released by Schedler were partially blacked out, concealing parts of his communications with Ross. The redactions were done to hide communications that "were purely of a personal nature," according to Schedler’s office.

But The Advocate was able to obtain complete versions of some of those emails, and those suggest the Secretary of State’s Office blacked out sections that contained suggestive or otherwise embarrassing remarks by Schedler.

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