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Second jury in sheriff lawsuit can't reach verdict

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A second jury has failed to return a verdict in a lawsuit filed against Madison County Sheriff Craig Busch by a former dispatcher alleging sexual harassment.

Kathryn Frank originally filed a lawsuit in 2005 against the county, then-sheriff Paul Welsh, and Busch, who was a deputy.

She alleged Busch made offensive sexual remarks and groped her. The county settled the case, paying Frank $60,000.

After Busch became sheriff in 2009, Frank claims he retaliated against her. She filed a civil rights complaint in August 2009 and later that month was fired. She sued claiming civil rights violations.

A jury trial last December ended in mistrial when jurors deadlocked. A second trial early this month has ended with the same result.

Jurors were dismissed Monday unable to reach a verdict.

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