BY LINDA SUTTER
October 29, 2014, Rene Jamison, who is represented by the Law Office of Gray and Prouty, filed a civil suit CASE #CVPI 14-1084, in the Del Norte County Superior Court, against Gayle and Kevin Hartwick. Gayle Hartwick was served the original summons at Crescent Elk School Room #7 at 8:15 a.m. and Kevin Hartwick was served at his place of business on 1225 Marshal Street, Suite #2 at 5:30 p.m. June 26, 2014.
The civil suit alleges that while Ms. Jamison worked under owners of Flying B Ranch, Gayle and Kevin Hartwick, that she witnessed a sexual assault on her cousin, who was only 16 at the time, by Kevin Hartwick. That Ms. Jamison personally endured lewd and lascivious acts of indecent exposure from Kevin Hartwick and was subjected to unwanted sexual advances and remarks while she was at the age of 5-11 years old. Allegedly, Mr. Hartwick physically restrained Ms. Jamison while he was naked and touching his genitalia and telling Jamison who was no more than 11 years old at the time to “enjoy it.” The allegations against Gayle Hartwick involve fraud and intentional misrepresentation for fraud failure to carry workers compensation, or to post any required postings regarding OSHA, or special rules for employment of minors as well as failed to ensure plaintiff Jamison had a valid work permit.
Ms. Jamison alleges in the complaint that she worked on the Flying B Ranch during the summers working 40 hours per week feeding horses, cleaning stalls, and feeding stallions.
In response to the filing, Attorney George Mavris who represents the Hartwicks, filed a demurrer against plaintiff’s allegations for all counts based upon statute of limitations, except the allegation for fraud. “Presently the age of the plaintiff is uncertain from the complaint other than she may have been 20 at the time of filing which would absolutely bar a majority of the causes of action”.
On November 21, 2014, Attorney Mavris filed for a telephonic Case Management Conference. Readiness conference is to be held in Department 4 on December 17, 2014, Honorable Judge LaCasse will hear the case.