A senior official in the Harris County District Attorney's Office has been disciplined for making inappropriate comments about the clothes and appearance of at least four female prosecutors under his command, according to records released this week by the office.Nathan Beedle, chief of the misdemeanor division who supervises more than 45 prosecutors in the county's 16 misdemeanor courts, was reprimanded and ordered to complete two online sexual harassment classes.In the memo, Hartle said she began investigating on March 23 allegations that Beedle "had made inappropriate comments to female misdemeanor prosecutors regarding their appearance and had also posted the due dates of the pregnant female prosecutors on a white board in his office." She concluded six days later that Beedle violated the county's non-discrimination policy, which states "actions, words, jokes or comments based on an individual's sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or any other legally protected characteristic is not tolerated." "I counseled Nathan and told him he needed to stop trying to be a friend to other subordinate employees and to behave like a supervisor and leader," Hartle wrote in the memo dated March 29.She said she interviewed the prosecutors who had raised concerns.The head of commissioners court, the county judge, is elected county-wide.Residents also elect a county attorney, district attorney, county clerk, district clerk, county sheriff, county tax assessor-collector, county treasurer, eight constables, and 16 justices of the peace."The general theme of their interviews was that they wanted Nathan to be made aware that he cannot make comments about their outfits, appearances and pregnancies.They wanted Nathan to learn about appropriateness and boundaries in the workplace," she said in the memo.
Ogg won a first term in the general election on November 8, 2016. Her professional experience includes working as a chief felony prosecutor at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and as head of Houston's Anti-Gang Task Force.
The very next day, her 1st Assistant, Tom Berg, inexplicably made comments to the media regarding the already-expunged case of prominent attorney Tony Buzbee. 55.04 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, which states: Art. On March 8th, multiple rumors started flying from multiple sources that there had been large kerfuffle between the Ogg Administration and Scott Durfee overnight.
A person who acquires knowledge of an arrest while an officer or employee of the state or of any agency or other entity of the state or any political subdivision of the state and who knows of an order expunging the records and files relating to that arrest commits an offense if he knowingly releases, disseminates, or otherwise uses the records or files. Generally, the Office has been pretty user friendly on expunction cases.
"While Nathan's actions and comments do not rise to the level of sexual harassment as defined in the Harris County Personnel Regulations, the comments were inappropriate," Barbara Hartle, bureau chief over human resources, said in a memo outlining her investigation.
"Therefore, the assignment of completion of both classes is a just response by the Administration to the complaints filed." The memo was released in response to an open records request from the Houston Chronicle after the Texas Attorney General's office ruled the information was public.
As per normal procedure, Durfee was the Office's representative who had agreed to Buzbee's expunction, following Buzbee having successfully completed pre-trial diversion under Devon Anderson's Administration.