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Police investigate after harassment complaints against Caruthersville mayor


The Caruthersville Police Department is investigating the city mayor after receiving several complaints about harassment.

Police Chief Tony Jones says a woman who previously worked part time for the city of Caruthersville filed a report claiming that Mayor Robert "Mike" McGraw sexually and racially harassed her.

Jones reports the woman filled the report on Thursday, Oct. 1.

The woman then brought up the issue at a city council meeting on Monday, Oct. 5.

Jones says a man, who also works for the city, filed a report against the mayor claiming he made a racial slur. Jones reports other women, who don't work for the city, have come forward with more complaints against McGraw.

According to Jones, this is a civil issue. The department is investigating the allegations to see if McGraw did anything illegal.

Jones says at this point McGraw has not been charged for anything.

If McGraw did commit a crime, Jones says an independent agency like the sheriff's department or the Missouri State Highway Patrol will be called in to investigate.

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