Court Marshal Allegedly Sexually Assaulted A Woman In Family Court, Then Arrested Her (Video)
Employees and managers at a Las Vegas family court were investigated for an alleged cover up after a court marshal reportedly sexually assaulted Monica Contreras when she appeared before them in 2011. A video uncovered by the I-Team at CBS 8 News Now shows Contreras accuse the man of sexual assault in court and then that same marshal arrests her, claiming she broke a law that does not even exist.
Contreras appeared in Clark County Family Court in August 2011 with her 2-year-old daughter because her husband filed a temporary restraining order against her during their divorce. Her husband never showed up in court and the order was therefore denied.
But Contreras said before she could leave, a male court marshal, Ron Fox, ordered her to go into a waiting room alone with him for an unexplained drug search.
An internal investigation by Clark County Courts validated her claims that Fox touched her breast and buttocks and also ordered her to lift up her shirt.
After it happened, she told Court Master Patricia Donninger what occurred, as you can see in the video. She said she asked for a female marshal to perform the search, but Fox just ignored her.
While she speaks, Donninger appears to be more interested in what the 2-year-old girl is telling her.
After Contreras finishes explaining that she was offended by what just happened to her, the marshal turns to her and says, “OK, so story stands? Handcuff her.” Marshal James Kenyon then prepared to arrest Contreras.
Shocked, Contreras asked, "For what, sir? Why would I be arrested? Can you please tell me?"
Fox then shouts at Contreras that she is being arrested for “false allegations made against a police officer.”
CBS 8 could not find a law that supported the arrest. Furthermore, there is no law allowing a sexual assault victim be arrested by the accused assaulter.
Donninger does nothing to intervene. On video, Contreras kisses her little girl goodbye before being taken to jail.
On April 5, Contreras filed a federal lawsuit against Fox, Doninger and Kenyon.
“The wrongful conduct of defendant Fox was intentional and evilly motivated, and the wrongful conduct of defendants Kenyon and Doninger involved reckless, callous and deliberate indifference to plaintiff’s federally protected rights,” the complaint said.
After CBS 8 exposed the crime, a subsequent internal affairs investigation more claims of sexual assault and even choking a citizen in family court.
Crystal Williams told CBS 8 that a marshal choked her when she resisted arrest in court. The 110-pound Williams, 25, was detained on a traffic warrant for driving without a license. She said she was not resisting officers when she was handcuffed and put into a restraint chair with a spit-guard over her face. At that point she was immobilized, but she claims a marshal began choking her. Another marshal admitted to the I-Team that he witnessed the choking incident.
The family court marshal supervisor Lt. Steve Rushfield stepped down from his post on April 8, after the CBS 8 report.
Fox was later fired and is now suing Clark County for wrongful termination maintaining he did not grope Contreras.
Court Marshal Allegedly Sexually Assaults Woman, Then Arrests Her For Protesting
Court Hearing Master Patricia Doninger Must Go
LAS VEGAS, NV -- A coverup is being investigated relating to a incident which occurred in Las Vegas Family Court in 2011. The incident was recently brought to light by an uncovered video of the arrest.
Monica Contreras appeared in court with her 2-year-old daughter in August 2011 for a divorce case. The appearance was brief since her husband did not show up.
As she was leaving, marshal Ron Fox ordered her into a waiting room for an unexplained drug search. Her request to have a female officer in the room was denied. Contreras said marshal Ron Fox touched her buttocks, breast, and ordered her to lift up her shirt. A humiliating sexual assault.
She went back into the same courtroom and told hearing master Patricia Donninger about the incident. As she spoke, the hearing master ignored her and instead played with the victim's 2-year-old daughter.
At this point a marshal prepares to arrest her. "For what, sir? Why would I be arrested? Can you please tell me?"
"Because of false allegations made against a police officer," said marshal Ron Fox, the molester.
After repeated attempts by the marshals to get Contreras to recant her story, she breaks down. "Let me go. It was all lies. I don't want to deal with anything. It was all lies. All lies. All lies. All lies. Please stop," she said.
Fox tells Contreras the only way she can avoid jail is to step up to the microphone and recant. Contreras agrees, but does the opposite. "You put me in a room. You asked me to lift up my shirt without a witness," Contreras said into the microphone.
At that point, Fox replied, "OK, take her to jail."
The court hearing master watched it all happen. There was no law to justify her arrest. The "false allegation against a police officer" charge did not exist.
She kissed her daughter before being taken to jail. Her daughter was taken into state custody.