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Special Prosecutor: No Charges Warranted in Harassment Case Involving Elliott

St. Peters mayor had ordered the investigation into claims that Ward 3 Alderman Gus Elliott had harassed a city staffer.

A special prosecutor has advised the city of St. Peters to not pursue any charges or impeach Ward 3 Alderman Gus Elliott.

After months of investigation, attorney Richard Brunk, a special prosecutor who was hired by the city this spring  levied against Elliott, reached his decision. 

From the release:

"My investigation has resulted in a recommendation that no criminal or civil charges, including any contemplated harassment charges or impeachment proceedings, be pursued by the City against Mr. Elliott and that the City, along with all of the other parties, amicably resolve their differences without any party pursuing any further legal action."

 ordered Brunk to investigate a harassment claim made against Elliott by the city’s Director of Community Relations, Lisa Bedian. The claim alleges Elliott harassed Bedian in February.  investigated the claim, but dropped harassment charges against Elliott on April 10, saying it could not be proven, beyond a reasonable doubt, that harassment occurred.

Patch will update this story as we get more reaction and additional information.

Fred Oompahloompah September 01, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Gus lucked out! The county prosecutor and assistant prosecutor have a hair trigger when it comes to prosecuting harassment claims!
Fred Oompahloompah September 01, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Bone up on your civics Dude! Alderman Tommy Roberts
Tom Maher September 03, 2012 at 01:13 PM
So lying is OK in St. Chuck County, huh? Hmmm - I thought it was chock-full of honorable Republicans. Perhaps Mr. Elliott is a sub rosa D-D-D-Democrat?
susie wideman whitlock September 17, 2012 at 05:07 PM
just to let the resident of Ward #3 in the City of St. Peters know what a great loss this is to our city. Alderman Gus Elloitt was a elected official for the people of St. Peters. I live in the Spencer Creek area and Gus Elloitt was there for everything I called him on. When we were having break in in the area Gus came out and walked the street with our residents to get everyone informed about setting up our Neighborhood Watch groups, he was the sole person who helped us get the new entrance for the Spencer Creek subdivision, he attended every Neighborhood Watch meeting and was there for us at ever National Night Out Party. What a sad day for the City of St. Peters to lose such a great elected official. Gus Elliott you will be sadly missed by the residents of Ward # 3. Thank you for the years you served for our ward and city. Susie Wideman Whitlock Chairman of Spencer Creek Neighborhood Watch
Fred Oompahloompah September 17, 2012 at 06:03 PM
I agree, although there are many who are strong advocates for Terri Violet that are painting a different picture of Gus and also Tommy Roberts. I do not know what their specific reasons are because they only talk in broad terms. They make vague accusations that they are corrupt in some way but fail to come up with facts! Once again I will state that the politics in this city is a dirty business and many residence contribute to this by spreading rumors about those who are elected to office by a majority of voters and want them out so their friends can step in by slipping in the "backdoor"! The 3rd ward may be stuck with a Pagano picked replacement for a couple more years, if the board goes along with him and most likely they will! I am sure that there are back room deals and arm twisting going on now as this post is being written! Hopefully, we will have a choice by the next election to prevent a "Dynasty" from forming as it did with Mayor Tom Brown! We do not want another Michelle Stein fiasco in our city government either!

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