Woman claims she was assaulted by judge, sues for $3 million
The Duryea woman who said she was groped by a federal administrative law judge (ALJ) from the Social Security Administration (SSA) has sued two government agencies, SSA and (Department of Homeland Security) DHS, for $3 million, according to court papers filed Tuesday.
Alice De Quevedo has accused Judge Sridhar Boini of grabbing her breast and attempting to kiss her non-consensually in July 2012.
She was working as a security guard at the Social Security Administration’s office in downtown Scranton when the judge, who reviews Social Security cases, allegedly assaulted her.
Mrs. De Quevedo agreed to the use of her name.
Last year, the plaintiff filed the complaint directly with the Social Security Administration, which employed Judge Boini, and the federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which is responsible for protecting federal property. The action was required as a prerequisite to the civil suit in federal court.
Now she’s suing them for failing to protect her from abuse.
Mrs. De Quevedo immediately reported the 2012 incident to Scranton police. An investigation revealed Judge Boini was previously accused in 2011 of similar conduct with another woman.
He pleaded guilty in January 2013 to a simple assault charge involving Mrs. De Quevedo and was sentenced to three months of house arrest and two years of probation. The other charges involving the second woman were dropped in exchange for the plea.
Larry Moran, Mrs. De Quevedo’s attorney, has said that the fact federal officials knew of a previous accusation against Judge Boini makes his client’s case all the more egregious.
(By PETER CAMERON)
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