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GBI takes over Shorter harassment probe

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Shorter University

“Because Paula Penson’s husband works for the Rome Police Department and in an effort to be completely transparent and unbiased, the decision was made to request the GBI take over the investigation,” said Assistant Rome Police Chief Debbie Burnett.

“The Rome Police Department made a request to our Calhoun office,” said GBI spokesman Nelly Miles. “We anticipate beginning an investigation next week.”

Shorter Director of Campus Safety Paula Penson filed a complaint against Humphries alleging that he had been harassing her for the past five months. Reports indicate she notified college officials of her concerns at least twice and that an oral complaint had been filed with human resources officials at the school in October.

The allegations stem from what has been called “handsy” contact by Humphries while both he and Penson were working out. After the victim told him to stop, she alleges that Humphries continued a pattern of verbal harassment.

Shorter did initiate an internal investigation and has taken Humphries off the college’s website, but Thursday indicated it would not make any additional comment on “personnel matters.”