Lawsuit Filed Against Hatter

Sumter County Sheriff Johnny Hatter is facing another sexual harassment lawsuit, his second in the last decade.

Hatter's former secretary, Margaret Shields, claims she was exposed to a sexually offensive and hostile environment.

A similar lawsuit against Hatter was settled out of court just a few months ago.

Hatter announced late last year that he doesn't plan to run for a fifth term in office, and will retire when his current term expires at the end of the year.


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  • by NEAL FENNER Location: CHARLOTTE N.C on Apr 22, 2010 at 06:07 PM
    MARGRET SHEILDS PLEASE GET IN CONTACT WITH US 980 521 0345 STILL TRYING TO GET JUSTICE FOR THE MURDER OF JEFFREY DURAND FENNER THE BEATING AND HANGING DEATH YOU KNOW THE TRUTH
  • by Anonmous on Feb 3, 2010 at 08:08 AM
    People don't be so hard on Ms. Shields. Sheriff Hatter do have some issues. The man was just found guilty in a sexual harassment lawsuit. He needs help! He's a good kind hearted man but he do need help! Sumter County citzens needs to wake up! Its time for a change. The sheriff office needs to be cleaned out from the top to the bottom! Training, training and more training!
  • by Citizen of Sumter County on Feb 2, 2010 at 01:17 PM
    Why is it that every man Margaret Shield get involved with she try to take them down and don't even have the sense to take care of herself. MEN AROUND THE WORLD BE AWARE OF MARGARET SHIELD...TRYING TO GET A DOLLAR ANYWAY SHE CAN
  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2010 at 10:43 AM
    To the next Sheriff of Sumter County, who ever you maybe you have work to do!!!Sumter County Sheriff office has some problems that will take some time to correct! You must start with your staff first!!! The Chief deputy looks like he's hurting all the time! He must go first and work your way on down the line!
  • by Concerned Citizen of Sumter Co. Location: Livingston AL on Feb 2, 2010 at 09:25 AM
    Anyone who knows Ms. Shields already know that she is mental, maybe she is having money problems like so many of us are and is just looking for an easy pay out. I don't understand why would she try to bring down someone, who to my understanding has helped her and her kids as if they were his family. This is a very SAD woman and I really feel sorry for her. She has already made so many enemies in the county because of the horrible way she treated people who came to the Sheriff's office when she was employed there. I guess this is another case of Monkey see Monkey do!!! Margaret A. Shields Please Get A Life and Leave Sheriff Hatter Alone!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2010 at 07:12 AM
    She file because she want money, if he did it why she wait this long broke ___ people in Sumter County. This county is in a ____ of trouble don't do nothing because u will get sued
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