Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/22/2010 06:06:55 PM PST

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is expected to meet in closed session Tuesday to discuss the public release of an investigative report into alleged sexual harassment by District Attorney Michael A. Ramos.

The investigation kicked off in August after Cheryl Ristow, an investigative technician at the District Attorney’s Office, filed a formal complaint with the human resources department alleging sexual harassment and workplace retaliation after an article mentioning the alleged affair between Ramos and Ristow appeared in a local newspaper.

Ramos has denied the allegations since they first surfaced in May, chalking them up to a well-organized and well-funded smear campaign by his political adversaries.

On Jan. 15, the county announced that Ramos had been cleared in the investigation and had not retaliated against Ristow. The report did not address whether or not Ramos and Ristow carried on a 17-month affair, as Ristow, a Redlands resident, alleges.

That question “is irrelevant to whether or not (Ramos) or individuals at his request or suggestion retaliated against Ristow,” according to a memo released by the county summarizing the results of the investigation.

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