It appears the sexual-harassment civil case against Iredell County Sheriff's Deputy Ben Jenkins is headed to court, after mediation yesterday proved unsuccessful.
In fact, apparently Sheriff Phil Redmond - who is named in the suit - didn't show up.
Two women - Suzanne Wick and Lisa Mangiardi - say that Jenkins sexually harassed them after they turned to the sheriff's office for help when they found themselves victims of domestic abuse.
They are suing Redmond for failure to investigate Jenkins, who is still employed by the sheriff's office.
A trial could begin as early as January 2014, said Joshua VanKampen, attorney for Wick and Mangiardi.
For more, read this from WSOC-TV.
Meanwhile, an online petition has been created in an effort to garner enough support to move Iredell County's board of commissioners to investigate the Domestic Violence Unit of Iredell County's Sheriff's Department. So far, the petition has more than 4,000 signatures, though it is unclear how many of those are specifically from Iredell County residents.
A Facebook group - "Stop Sexual Abuse of Domestic Violence Victims" - has also been formed.