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Former La Crosse council member says he’s a sexual harassment victim in Florida political scandal



Shane Crawford and Nancy Oakley

A sexual harassment claim filed in Florida, by a man who used to serve on La Crosse’s city council, has led to a government scandal making headlines across the country.

Shane Crawford attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse two decades ago and sat as a student member of both the city council and county board.

Months ago, Crawford complained to an ethics commission in Florida, where he was serving as the city manager of Madeira Beach.

Crawford charged that he had been groped and licked on the face by a female city official named Nancy Oakley.

Last year, Oakley and other officials in the city voted to suspend Crawford, who said he resigned before he could be fired for making the complaint.

Earlier this month, it was Oakley who was reprimanded by a city commission, before she resigned.

Crawford says years ago, at a public event, Oakley was drunk when she went up and licked him in the presence of his future wife.

Crawford says his wife also lost her city job as a result of the controversy, after Oakley allegedly tried to punch her.

Crawford resigned last year and now works in private business. 

On 95.7 the Rock in La Crosse Crawford said the controversy is “one of the craziest things that’s ever happened” to him.

A Florida state commission on ethics found that Oakley violated ethics rules.             

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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