Limestone Co. investigator who filed sexual assault lawsuit says she was fired

Leslie Ramsey

Leslie Ramsey told WAAY 31 she was fired Tuesday and that no reason was given for her termination.

Posted: Sep 25, 2019 1:20 PM
Updated: Dec 13, 2019 2:16 PM

A Limestone County Sheriff’s Office investigator who filed a federal lawsuit saying she was sexually assaulted by a co-worker has now been fired.

Leslie Ramsey told WAAY 31 she was fired Tuesday and that no reason was given for her termination. Ramsey's attorney, Phil DeFatta, said she was terminated by Sheriff Mike Blakely.

"We believe this action was unlawful, and Ms. Ramsey will appeal the decision," DeFatta said. 

Limestone County Commissioner, Jason Black, shared with WAAY 31 that Sheriff Blakely is able to fire any employee for any reason, or no reason at all.

Once Ramsey appeals her termination, she would have a grievance hearing, according to Black. In the meantime, the commission's counsel will inform them of the legalities of the situation. It will ultimately be up to the Limestone County Commisssion to determine if Leslie Ramsey keeps her job. There is no time frame on the process because Ramsey has not yet filed an appeal.

Ramsey can also file a griveance with the Equal Employment Opporunity Commission.

Ramsey filed a lawsuit after she says she was sexually assaulted by a co-worker.  She said Chief Deputy Fred Sloss sexually assaulted her and that Sheriff Mike Blakely punished her for coming forward about it.

Ramsey has been with the department since 2007, and said she didn't face any problems until Sloss was promoted to chief deputy in 2016. READ MORE HERE

In her lawsuit, Ramsey accuses Sloss of sexually assaulting her outside his house in January of 2017 after he allegedly ran his hand across her chest and crotch, demanding she show him her breasts. Ramsey claims Sloss promised to promote her to captain if she followed his sexual advances.

In May of 2017, Ramsey accused Sloss of having her be followed after Blakley held his yearly rodeo fundraiser. The lawsuit claims that just days later, Sheriff Blakely punished her unfairly. After she filed a grievance about sexual assault and unfair treatment, Ramsey claims the sheriff demoted her and continued to punish her.

In her lawsuit, Ramsey says she filed a formal complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in November of 2017 after the demotion, and she was reinstated to her position as investigator in February of 2018.

Blakely is currently under indictment on 13 charges that cover a range of conduct over multiple years. None are thought to be linked to Ramsey’s lawsuit.

Specifically, the first four counts charge Blakely with four separate thefts from his campaign account that total $11,000.

Counts five through 10 charge Blakley with theft or ethics charges stemming from his illegally taking money from Limestone County funds, including from the Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Fund.

Count 11 charges Blakely with soliciting a $1,000 wire transfer from a subordinate other than in the ordinary course of business.

Finally, counts 12 and 13 charge Blakely with using his official position or office to acquire interest-free loans. Specifically, count 12 charges Blakely with using his official position or office to obtain interest-free loans in the form of a $50,000 cashier’s check and/or a $22,189.68 credit.

Count 13 charges Blakely with using his official position or office to obtain interest-free loans by taking money from a safe that was used to store the Limestone County inmates’ personal funds.

Blakely continues to serve as the sheriff. Ramsey's sexual assault case is scheduled for trial in September 2020. 

WAAY 31 has filed requests to obtain Ramsey's personnel file along with Sheriff Blakely's and Sloss' personnel file. We are still waiting for a response on those requests.

Huntsville
Few Clouds
89° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 91°
Florence
Clear
90° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 93°
Fayetteville
Clear
84° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 86°
Decatur
Few Clouds
86° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 88°
Scottsboro
Clear
81° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 87°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 94827

Reported Deaths: 1674
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson12486232
Mobile9420204
Montgomery6449148
Madison516130
Tuscaloosa405769
Baldwin338023
Unassigned319060
Shelby316432
Marshall306034
Lee258844
Morgan229517
Etowah204128
DeKalb174513
Calhoun167213
Elmore167238
Walker149864
Houston134812
Dallas130523
St. Clair128915
Russell12772
Limestone126113
Franklin123820
Cullman118912
Colbert114113
Lauderdale112315
Autauga105021
Escambia104416
Talladega96713
Jackson9244
Tallapoosa84179
Chambers83538
Dale80223
Blount7593
Butler75635
Chilton7456
Coffee7365
Covington71620
Pike6877
Lowndes56724
Barbour5655
Marion56224
Marengo53614
Clarke4949
Hale46426
Bullock45011
Winston44011
Perry4364
Wilcox41410
Bibb4134
Monroe4084
Randolph39410
Conecuh37810
Pickens3779
Sumter36018
Lawrence3321
Macon32013
Washington32012
Crenshaw3123
Choctaw27712
Cherokee2587
Greene24911
Henry2493
Geneva2480
Clay2375
Lamar2122
Fayette1835
Cleburne1251
Coosa1012
Out of AL00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 116350

Reported Deaths: 1186
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Shelby22212300
Davidson20001211
Rutherford629853
Hamilton588449
Knox429837
Williamson340525
Sumner331672
Unassigned30368
Out of TN283116
Wilson219023
Bradley181712
Montgomery181513
Sevier17916
Putnam167716
Trousdale15786
Robertson150619
Hamblen134614
Blount12229
Maury11597
Tipton11559
Washington11312
Madison98415
Bedford90111
Sullivan89512
Hardeman85815
Macon85513
Lake7650
Loudon7053
Bledsoe6861
Dickson6521
Fayette6528
Anderson6516
Gibson6444
Dyer5937
Cheatham5697
Lawrence5276
Jefferson5253
Henderson5172
Rhea5171
McMinn50920
Obion4904
Coffee4823
Warren4794
Carter4735
Lauderdale4558
Hardin4447
Cocke4392
Haywood4356
Smith4294
Roane4232
Greene4187
Hawkins4167
Cumberland3986
Monroe3979
Giles36913
Weakley3633
McNairy3515
DeKalb3312
Franklin3024
Marshall2753
Carroll2723
Lincoln2681
Crockett2534
Henry2480
Hickman2480
White2465
Claiborne2420
Campbell2291
Johnson2250
Wayne2242
Marion2134
Chester2062
Grainger1890
Decatur1883
Polk1853
Overton1551
Unicoi1480
Union1410
Cannon1360
Benton1261
Humphreys1183
Jackson1121
Scott1100
Grundy1082
Sequatchie1000
Meigs990
Morgan981
Fentress790
Hancock771
Perry770
Stewart740
Clay710
Lewis671
Houston560
Moore550
Van Buren350
Pickett301

Community Events