Northern Ky property manager accused of sexually harassing tenants

CAMPBELL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- The Justice Department has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against an apartment manager in Campbell County.

The Department accuses Gus Crank of sexually harassing female tenants from around 2008 through 2016.

According to a press release, Crank is accused of, “…demanding that female tenants engage in sexual acts to keep their housing, engaging in unwelcome sexual touching, offering to reduce monthly rental payments in exchange for sex, making unwelcome sexual comments and advances, making intrusive and unannounced visits to female tenants’ homes to further his sexual advances, and evicting or threatening to evict female tenants who objected or refused his sexual advances.”

“No female tenant should have to suffer sexual harassment as a condition of maintaining housing for herself or her family,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband. “The Justice Department will continue to enforce the Fair Housing Act against property managers and owners who make illegal demands for sex and cause women to feel unsafe in their own homes.”

The lawsuit also alleges Penny Crank is liable for Gus Crank’s actions because he managed the property for her.

This is part of a Justice Department initiative to fight sexual harassment in housing that began in October 2017.

The Department says it has filed eight lawsuits as part of the initiative since its launch. Those suits have recovered over $1.6 million for victims.

The lawsuit against the Cranks seeks monetary damages for the victims, civil penalties, and a court order to bar future discrimination.

If you think you were a victim of sexual harassment Gus Crank managed, you can contact the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky at (859) 685-4823.

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