Buchanan NY July 16 2017
How about a little sausage with that sandwich?
Lunchtime at the Indian Point nuclear power plant got saucy when one longtime employee put his penis in a colleague’s lunch, according to court papers.
Security officer Vito Messina has spent decades sexually harassing coworkers at the facility 36 miles north of Manhattan, according to three lawsuits accusing him of fondling, grabbing and propositioning fellow employees.
Messina’s alleged abuse spans generations: a shop steward at the plant claimed Messina assaulted him as well as his father, who worked at Indian Point in the 1990s.
“I’m going to touch you as much as I want,” Messina told James Tepperwein, according to a 2007 federal lawsuit.
Messina allegedly dug his fingernails into Tepperwein’s rear end. Later, he repeatedly propositioned the fellow security officer, asking, “Do you think you would ever have sex with a man?” court papers claim.
Managers repeatedly deemed complaints against Messina “unfounded,” according to separate lawsuits filed by Richard Gustin and Ted Gordon
Lunchtime was apparently a favorite for Messina’s proclivities. That’s when he reportedly grabbed a female employee’s sandwich, “and place[d] his penis inside of it before returning the sandwich to the table during lunchtime,” according to two of the legal claims.
Messina retired in March before he could be terminated for inappropriate behavior, said an Indian Point spokesman, who noted the company had no complaints about Messina between 2005 and 2016.