A school principal is being sued for allegedly forcing her secretary to take racy photos of her.
Headteacher Evelina Medina, 42, is accused of asking former secretary Gisselle Vasquez, 35, to take a snap before she "proceeded to lower her pants to her ankles, turned around and exposed her buttocks in thong underwear and posed," according to court documents.
Medina, who is married, also allegedly forced her secretary to write text messages to her lover, with who she was having an affair.
The lawsuit states the reason for getting the secretary involved was so Medina's husband would never find evidence of her affair on her own phone.
Mrs Vasquez, a mum-of-six who worked as Medina's secretary at the Robert C Dodson School in New York, also claims she was sexually harassed and eventually transferred to another school as punishment. She is suing for damages.
"She hands me the phone and says 'close the door," Mrs Vasquez told The New York Post.
"When I looked back her pants were already down.
"I was shocked. I didn’t know what to think. I really just froze. I worried that if I just left her office there could be a student or employee or anyone there.
"Her office is in the main office and there is a lot of traffic."
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The allegations, which are claimed to have taken place for nearly two years, are said to have started in May 2018, but school superintendent Edwin Quezada refused to help despite being alerted to the incidents, according to court papers.
Medina, who according to local media no longer works at the school for kids from nursery up to the age of 12, is also accused of texting a snap of a man lying in bed in his underwear and asking Mrs Vasquez to save it to her phone.
The following day, Medina asked the secretary to take the raunchy shots of her with her trousers down.
Four days later, Medina even sent Mrs Vasquez, who had only been working at the school for a month, "a photo of a man lying in bed holding his exposed erect penis" and asked her to save it for her.
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Over the next few months, Mrs Vasquez allegedly was forced to buy lingerie for Medina and book a hotel room.
Medina also "forcibly grabbed (Mrs Vasquez) by the throat to show what she wanted to do with her lover" and showed her explicit snaps of her lover, the lawsuit states.
"On more than one occasion, Medina made comments about her lover’s penis size and how it satisfied her more despite being smaller than her husband’s penis size," court papers revealed.
At the time, Mrs Vasquez is said to have alerted two school officials, including a letter to the human resources team, but no action was taken.
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As a result, she was sexually harassed by two assistant principals Sandra Guzman and Christopher Cassano, according to the court documents.
Guzman allegedly told Mrs Vasquez she didn't "really look like a sexual person" and asked her "How many times a week do you have sex?"
Cassano also allegedly asked the secretary how many times she says sex and forcibly kissed her multiple times around March 2019.
A month later, Mrs Vasquez contacted human resources and talked to the superintendent, who allegedly said "thank you," the lawsuit alleges.
Within weeks, she was moved to Chavez Public School and given in a new role and different schedule, which caused her problems with childcare, the allegations include.
"My professionalism exceeds the expectations of that facility," she said. "To this day I can’t believe that this happened to me. I didn’t see it coming. It’s disturbing. I’m disgusted and embarrassed."
Mrs Vasquez is seeking an unspecified amount in damages.
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