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Fired Polk Judicial Assistant claims sexual harassment

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Bailiff James "Bubba" Maxcy Bailiff James "Bubba" Maxcy
Judge Susan Flood Judge Susan Flood

A judge and her bailiff at the Polk County Courthouse in Bartow may find themselves taking the stand. The reason: Accusations against Judge Susan Flood and Bailiff James "Bubba" Maxcy.

Former Judicial Assistant Alisha Rupp says she was fired after she complained about what she saw. "I was terminated on July 10th because I witnessed sexual misconduct between Judge Flood and her Bailiff," she said. 

Rupp claims Judge Flood and Bailiff Maxcy are having an open, well-known affair. A claim they say is untrue.

Rupp says the Bailiff pushed her against a wall and rubbed her body, then later, threatened to use his Taser on her. "And I complained about Bailiff Maxcy sexually harassing me and threatening me, that if I ever reported what I had seen or witnessed. That is wrong," said Rupp. 

She says Judge Flood told her it would look better if Rupp was having the sexual affair.

Rupp says Maxcy told her he wanted to rip her bathing suit off.

And last September, Rupp says she walked in on the pair having sex on a table in the judge's office, and that she saw the two kiss and fondle each other during the workday.

A spokesman for Judge Flood says the whole thing is untrue, that Rupp was fired for falsifying her time card.

Rupp's attorney says that's a smokescreen. "Never report sexual harassment. Because if you do, we're gonna get ya," said David Linesch of Palm Harbor.

Rupps' letter of complaint is going to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington D.C., the Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee and the State Attorney in Bartow.

An administrative and criminal investigation is now underway.

The Bailiff is on suspension until the outcome is known.

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