IMPERIAL — After being reassigned in December and receiving a notice of unprofessional conduct from the Imperial Unified School District Board of Trustees, former Frank Wright Intermediate School Principal John Marshall is the defendant in a sexual harassment lawsuit.
Frank Wright teacher Sheri Pexton alleges in the suit that Marshall sexually harassed her repeatedly since 1997.
"During the course of her employment, plaintiff (Pexton) was repeatedly subjected to sexual harassment and specifically verbal and physical conduct and communications of a sexual nature by the co-defendant, John Marshall," the complaint reads.
In the complaint, Pexton and her husband, Kelly Pexton, claim Marshall "expressly and impliedly threatened he'd cause her severe economic hardship by telling superintendent he'd received complaints regarding her unless she agreed to the unwelcome sexual requests and demands by him."
The suit also names the Imperial Unified School District as co-defendant.
"Defendant (IUSD), knew or should have known of its agents' representations, its employees conduct and conversations, and should have timely and appropriately taken action since prior complaint had been made regarding Mr. Marshall to the school district," the complaint reads.