- Associated Press - Saturday, February 27, 2016

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - The Dona Ana County district attorney is launching an investigation of the county’s treasurer over sexual harassment allegations.

District Attorney Mark D’Antonio said Saturday that his office plans to investigate Treasurer David Gutierrez for any criminal or civil violations.

The county recently settled a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Gutierrez for $68,000.

A former employee accused Gutierrez of harassing her at work and later offering her money for sex.

Gutierrez admitted during a county personnel investigation that he offered the employee $1,000 to spend time with him in a hotel room.

Dona Ana County commissioners recently asked Gutierrez to resign.

The panel then asked the district attorney to investigate.

Under New Mexico law, the district attorney can bring civil action to remove a county official accused of unethical behavior.

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