Monica Contreras Sexually Assaulted by Family Court Marshal – A Reason All Courts Should be Videotaped

by | Feb 10, 2017

Last modified May 30, 2022

Monica Contreras was sexually assaulted following a hearing in her divorce case. In August of 2011, Marshal Ron Fox sexually assaulted this mother in the Clark County Courthouse. Then he arrested her and had her child taken.

Monica Contreras was sexually assaulted by a cop

Monica Contreras was sexually assaulted following a hearing in her divorce case. In August of 2011, Marshal Ron Fox sexually assaulted this mother in the Clark County Courthouse. Then he arrested her and had her child taken.Monica-Contreras-groping_2011

This is not a new story but one that is relevant for raising right now while legislators are deciding what bills need to go before the committees for consideration in many of the states throughout the U.S.

This story is a good example of why all family court proceedings should be videotaped. There is no doubt that there are many more abuses happening that are going unprosecuted.

This claim most likely would have been ignored or dismissed by the investigating bodies if there was no video proof. But instead probably in large part because of this video showing the mother immediately reporting the incident, the mother won $200,000 in damages for the abuse that she suffered.

Patricia Doninger, the hearing master, never reported Monica’s complaint to internal affairs despite the mother reporting this to her. “Judge Patricia Doninger was a domestic violence commissioner and hearing master for the Family Court in Clark County, Nevada. She became a domestic violence commissioner in late 1998/early 1999. She was fired on June 14, 2013, following allegations of misconduct that gained national attention.”

Two months later, after Monica reports this to the Marshal Internal Affairs, the Marshal was fired.

The Hearing Master, Patricia Doninger, was also let go. It is important to note here that if Patricia had been a regular judge and was an elected official it would have been much more difficult to get rid of her.

“On April 5, 2013, Contreras filed a federal lawsuit against Fox, Kenyon and Doninger, as well as Clark County, the state of Nevada and the courts, saying that her civil rights were violated. The complaint states: “The wrongful conduct of defendant Fox was intentional and evilly motivated, and the wrongful conduct of defendants Kenyon and Doninger involved reckless, callous and deliberate indifference to plaintiff’s federally protected rights.” (fourwinds10.com)

Channel 8, I-Team reports that there are numerous incidents like this never reported to internal affairs. The other one that prompted these investigations was a woman who claimed to be choked by a Marshal while in a holding cell in 2013.

Internal affairs conducted investigations of multiple court personnel after this incident, including the supervisor of the Family Court Marshals, Steve Rushfield. Rushfield was accused of trying to cover up both incidents.

Gov. Brian Sandoval, a member of the Board of Examiners, was told the attorneys fees to defend the cases filed against the District Court already total more than $170,000.

It was estimated that taking the federal case to trial would cost an additional $225,000 in defense costs.

 

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Written by Sherry Palmer

As a constitutional family rights expert researcher and writer, Sherry helps parents and their attorneys see the possibilities in making constitutional arguments for parental rights as being in the child’s best interests. She enables parents and attorneys to assert rights and convert the constitutional principles into everyday practice and natural language. Sherry does this through creating and teaching online digital courses, speaking, webinars, and workshops. Sherry’s teachings are unique and cutting edge to the family law industry developed by her and her husband. Sherry attributes successfully developing the most powerful tools and a five-stage formula to assist attorneys and pro se parents get better results and fight legal abuses that occur in the family court settings.