Galveston Co. jury to hear ex-deputy constable's sexual harassment suit

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Nov. 7, 2013, 10:24am

GALVESTON - A former Galveston County deputy constable's sexual harassment lawsuit will be heard by a jury early next year, recent court records show.

Galveston County 122nd District Court Judge John Ellisor issued an order Oct. 25 in favor of League City resident James P. Gist's motion for jury trial setting.

Said jury trial is scheduled for Jan. 27, 2014, at 9 a.m.

As previously reported, Gist initiated legal action last year on claims then-Galveston County Precinct 7 Constable Matranga made unwanted and uninvited sexual advances toward him from May 2011 to late October 2011.

His suit asserts there were approximately 10 instances in which Matranga supposedly tried to seduce him, adding he used a recording device to no avail as Matranga learned about said device and disciplined him.

Court records indicate that Matranga formally denied the allegations in early June 2012.

Matranga, who lost her bid for re-election in the late May 2012 Republican primary to 30-year law enforcement veteran Rick Sharp, was non-suited along with her former office in September, essentially leaving Galveston County as the sole defendant.

The suit was originally set for an Oct. 7 bench trial, but the setting was pushed to Dec. 30.

Case No. 12-CV-1159

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