Wednesday, February 29 2012 7:33 PM EST2012-03-01 00:33:22 GMT
Memphis City Schools' deputy superintendent is still off the job after commenting on the breasts of a subordinate while they were in a room full of people. And every second he's off the job, Memphis taxpayers are paying for it.More >>
Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:12 AM EDT2014-07-30 12:12:00 GMT
(WMC) - Tuesday, a woman is charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect after police say she beat her six children with an extension cord, choking one of them. Neighbors say the family moved intoMore >>
A Memphis woman is charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect after police say she beat her six children with an extension cord, choking one of them. More >>
Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:45 AM EDT2014-07-30 11:45:48 GMT
(WMC) - A new plan to serve as a "safety net" for City of Memphis employees and retirees rolled out during Tuesday's council health care oversight committee meeting. Their "Healthcare Assurance Plan"More >>
A new plan to serve as a "safety net" for City of Memphis employees and retirees rolled out during Tuesday's council health care oversight committee meeting.More >>
Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:45 AM EDT2014-07-30 11:45:29 GMT
(WMC) – Collierville Schools Superintendent John Aitken joins WMC Action News 5 Superintendents Week and talks about the biggest differences parents and students should expect this year. "We've had aMore >>
Collierville Schools Superintendent John Aitken joins WMC Action News 5 Superintendents Week and talks about the biggest differences parents and students should expect this year.More >>
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC-TV) – A top administrator at Memphis City Schools submitted his resignation this week after he was accused of drunkenly sexually harassing a co-worker during a party at the superintendent's home last month.
Deputy Superintendent Irving Hamer submitted his resignation Monday. He asks that his last day be April 30.
The letter became known Wednesday after Memphis City Schools released documents detailing the sexual harassment claims that led to Hamer's suspension last month.
Hamer was suspended after allegedly making several comments about a co-worker's breasts while staff members were attending a party at Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash's home
During the school system's investigation, Cash told attorneys that Hamer became so drunk he gave an incoherent toast and fell on the floor at one point during the party.
According to the report, Hamer stopped the toast to ask a colleague if he was having a sidebar discussion with the superintendent's executive assistant, Tiffany Crutchfield. Hamer went on to tell that colleague that Crutchfield had large breasts, but she is married.
Other guests tried to steer Hamer back to the toast, but then Hamer said he was distracted by Crutchfield's breasts.
Several of the guests said Hamer's comments made them feel uncomfortable.
Cash told the attorneys investigating the sexual harassment claim that employees were allowed to bring alcohol to the party. He also told them that he ordered Hamer to apologize to Crutchfield.
However, Hamer didn't do that.
Instead, according to the report, he sent Crutchfield an email apologizing for his "crude and disrespectful comments."
Hamer also denied that he was drunk during the party.
"I wish it was possible to blame my behavior on the consumption of alcohol – I cannot," he wrote in the email. "I had two small drinks that evening. There was a third that I did not consume."
Hamer wrote that his comments were due to his failure "to recognize where we were, what we were doing, who was in attendance, and being too familiar with you and our colleagues."
The internal investigation revealed Cash was shocked when Hamer did not apologize in person to Crutchfield or to the other coworkers in attendance.
Cash told investigators that when Crutchfield read the e-mail, she cried. She then sent a complaint the following Tuesday calling Hamer's comments "vulgar and degrading."
Crutchfield went on to say "Hamer is in NO WAY familiar with me." She said the word "familiar" was offensive, misleading, and present her character in a negative manner.
Cash corroborated that he did not believe Crutchfield had a romantic relationship with Hamer.
Cash's executive cabinet and administrative staff were in attendance.
According to the MCS report, at least two employees told investigators that Hamer had occasionally made sexual jokes and "comments that have been interpreted to be sexual in nature."
He was also accused of making an inappropriate comment to a school district employee in September 2011. However, the report doesn't elaborate on that claim.
After Hamer sent the apology letter, he hired an attorney and would not interview with internal investigators.
Cash gave Crutchfield time off to cope with what happened. It is unclear if she has returned to work.
MCS hasn't announced if it has accepted Hamer's resignation.
Friday, July 25 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:19:10 GMT
(WMC) – A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. As a result, the following 12 people were arrested: Preston K. Mitchell, 52, Memphis, Tenn., charged with procuring prostitutionMore >>
A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. Twelve people were arrested.More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:31 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:31:11 GMT
The Neshoba County fair began Monday, offering attendees hay rides, food and fun. "I grew up with the fair, I was about a week old when I came to my first one," said Dan Jordan, an attendee. JordanMore >>
The Neshoba County fair began Monday, offering attendees hay rides, food and fun.More >>
Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:31 AM EDT2014-07-30 11:31:10 GMT
(WMC) - Maurice Brown Sr., who is accused of murdering his 3-year-old son, will stand trial beginning at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. Maurice Brown Jr. was reported missing on July 1, 2012. His fatherMore >>
The trial for Maurice Brown Sr., who is accused of murdering his 3-year-old son, began Tuesday morning in Memphis. More >>