Justice Department sues KCK Housing Authority, former worker

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) – The Justice Department has sued the Kansas City, Kansas, Housing Authority and a former hearing officer over sexual harassment claims.

The suit filed Monday in federal court in Kansas City, Kansas, alleges that Victor L. Hernandez sexually harassed a female public housing applicant and a female public housing tenant in 2013 while he was a hearing officer. Hernandez is accused of exposing himself to the women, asking them sexual questions and showing them pornographic pictures and videos.

Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, spokesman Edwin Birch said the city had no jurisdiction over the housing authority and referred questions to the agency. No one from the housing authority immediately returned a phone message left after hours on Monday.

Hernandez couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

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