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I-Team: Taxpayers Could Foot the Bill in Alleged Sexual Assault

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Marshal Ron Fox is pictured in the yellow shirt. Marshal Ron Fox is pictured in the yellow shirt.
Monica Contreras pleads for help in family court. Monica Contreras pleads for help in family court.

LAS VEGAS -- Clark County taxpayers may have to pay settlement money to a sexual assault victim and the family court marshal accused of assaulting her.

The I-Team broke the story of a wide-ranging investigation into family court abuse last month. Marshal Ron Fox was fired for sexually assaulting a woman in court and arresting her when she spoke up about it.

The video the I-Team uncovered is spurring outrage with viewers and shaking up the court. But the marshal that internal affairs called a liar may still get a taxpayer funded payday. The I-Team uncovered video of marshal Ron Fox arresting Monica Contreras. She was in court for a protection order hearing.

Internal affairs documents reviewed by the I-Team conclude Fox took Contreras to a side room and inappropriately searched her. When Contreras told the hearing master, Fox arrested her for making a "false allegation against a police officer." There is no Nevada law supporting the stated reason for that arrest.

Hearing master Patricia Doninger ignored Contreras' pleas in the courtroom during her arrest. Tuesday, in court, Fox's attorney said because nobody in court stopped Fox, the arrest was legal.

"Ron Fox made a decision to arrest an individual in open court in the presence of a hearing master who was sitting there, who had control of the courtroom, and in the presence of a marshal who had superior knowledge and experience. Nobody countermanded his order, nobody sought to take control of the matter," Fox's attorney Adam Levine said.

He argues that Clark County did not follow proper procedure when they fired the family court marshal. If successful in court, Clark County may have to pay Fox for wrongful termination, despite the fact internal affairs sided with Contreras' allegations.

Likewise, Contreras hired attorney Ross Goodman. She is planning to file a claim against Clark County and the court administration for their alleged role in covering up her 2011 sexual assault.

Immediately after the I-Team began its investigation, family court marshal Lt. Steve Rushfield gave up his supervisor's post. Sources tell the I-Team that Rushfield and other family court administrators are being investigated internally for their role in this incident and a separate choking incident that's recently come to light.

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