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March 26, 2014

Jury finds against Sheriff's Department

Ignored inmate's complaints about sexual harassment in work program


Soon, Hussin began to make sexual advances toward her, she said in the suit.

Homsey said a total of eight women reported similar behavior by Hussin, though their cases are barred by the statute of limitations. Some of those women testified during the trial.

When Noyes reported the episodes to jail staff, she was told by the jail to “tough it out,” Homsey said. If she didn’t, she would be sent to the women’s prison in Framingham, she was told.

Homsey said Noyes continued to work there until she was released.

In a formal response to the lawsuit, Hussin’s attorney, John Humphries of Newburyport, contended that Noyes was “terminated for violating company policy,” and called the suit “frivolous and brought in bad faith, and for the sole purpose of humiliating Mr. Hussin in front of his family and business associates.”

Humphries did not return a call seeking comment on whether he will appeal the jury’s verdict or any of Judge Timothy Feeley’s rulings during the trial yesterday.

Maurice Pratt, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Department, said he cannot comment on the outcome of the case or whether the department will appeal the verdict.

He said the department stopped sending workers to that business in November 2011 because of problems with scheduling and staff turnover.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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