Democratic Rep. Dina Titus is requesting federal prosecutors look into claims of inappropriate sexual behavior by Storey County Sheriff Gerald Antinoro, just weeks after the announcement by Attorney General Adam Laxalt that no criminal charges within the statute of limitations could be brought against the sheriff.
In response to a request sent by former Storey County Deputy Melanie Keener, who is suing Antinoro, Titus asked the U.S. attorney for Nevada, Dayle Elieson, last Thursday to look into claims against Antinoro “without delay.”
“The allegations raised in the letter by Ms. Keener are troubling and may create issues under federal law,” Titus wrote. “Further, because of the potential conflict of interest raised by Ms. Keener concerning the Nevada Attorney General, I believe that it is imperative that your office review this matter to determine whether there is an appropriate exercise of judicial jurisdiction over this matter.”
Keener is currently suing Antinoro over sexual harassment, and affidavits from her case revealed that at least 10 sexual harassment, discrimination or wrongful employment complaints have been submitted against the sheriff since he took office in 2010. Antinoro won re-election to another four-year term during the state’s primary election in June.
After a lengthy investigation, Laxalt’s office announced earlier in July that it would not pursue criminal charges against Antinoro. His campaign also announced the same day that it would not campaign with or use Antinoro’s endorsement in any way.
Elieson is currently the interim U.S. attorney for Nevada, with President Donald Trump nominating Nicholas Trutanich, Laxalt’s chief of staff, for the position earlier this month.