Public Defenders

Investigator Claims Jealousy Motivated Supervising PD to Sexually Harass Him


A former investigator for the federal public defender in Texas claims a supervising lawyer couldn’t let their relationship go after he broke off their romance—and his complaints about her continued sexual harassment cost him his job.

The investigator, Cesar Ehrenzweig, claims the lawyer, Marissa Perez-Garcia, became furious after he ended their three-year relationship in 2006 and began seeing another woman, the National Law Journal reports. He contends in a March 2 lawsuit that Perez-Garcia wanted to continue seeing him, and when he refused, she sexually harassed him. According to the allegations cited the NLJ, Perez-Garcia threatened and berated Ehrenzweig, showed him pornographic photos and inappropriately grabbed and sexually assaulted him.

Ehrenzweig alleges the harassment became “a quid pro quo situation” that was affecting his employment and evaluations, and his complaints about the problems led to his firing.

Perez-Garcia did not return the NLJ’s calls for comment.

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