A civil lawsuit was filed in Oklahoma County on Nov. 18 against Gaylord Z. Thomas, a former Guthrie City Council member.
According to court documents, Thomas is being accused of sexual assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress, sexual harassment, and negligence.
The suit alleges that on Aug. 8, 2018, Thomas was leading a private class held by the Oklahoma State Board of Examiners for Long Term Care Administrators (OSBELTCA) for students hoping to achieve a nursing home administrator license. Court documents state that during the class, the alleged victim and Thomas were alone in the classroom together, apart from one other student, when Thomas allegedly asked the female to perform a “lap dance” for him. After denying the request, Thomas allegedly then asked if she would be “more comfortable if he dimmed the lights in the room.”
Court documents say that according to the female, the other student reported the incident to the OSBELTCA, who then took up the charges at their Jan. 30, 2019 meeting.
The female told her attorney, Mary L. Ferguson, that the OSBELTCA did not take any disciplinary action except for requiring Thomas to attend a training.
According to court documents, the alleged victim’s attorney is requesting $75,000 for economic damages related to lost future income, non-economic damages for emotional distress, and for punitive damages.
Thomas resigned his position as vice-mayor of the Guthrie City Council last Sunday, less than two weeks after the civil suit was filed. Thomas said in his resignation letter that he was resigning “due to personal reasons.” His resignation was accepted by the council on Dec. 3.