NORTH LITTLE ROCK — State police are investigating reports that the Maumelle city clerk sexually harassed two female city employees.

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — State police are investigating reports that the Maumelle city clerk sexually harassed two female city employees.


According to Maumelle police reports filed Friday and released Monday, the employees reported that City Clerk Joshua Clausen touched them improperly in separate incidents in December. Maumelle police said Monday the case has been turned over to the Arkansas State Police.


One of the employees told Maumelle police that on Dec. 15 Clausen called her into his office and discussed city business with her, then followed her out of his office and into a stairwell, where he shut a door, leaving the two of them alone. Clausen then reached a hand under her shirt and her bra and touched her breast, the employee reported.


The other employee told Maumelle police that on Dec. 17 she was walking through a doorway in the city offices when Clausen, who was standing in the doorway, rubbed his right arm and elbow across her breast. She reported that Clausen then said, "Did I just do that?" and repeated the action.


Clausen declined to comment when reached by phone Monday afternoon.


Maumelle Mayor Mike Watson said he became aware of the allegations late last year and completed his investigation at the end of January.


"I have asked for (Clausen’s) resignation. It was refused," Watson said.


Little Rock attorney Mark Peoples, who is representing the two women, said complaints were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission earlier this year. He described the alleged harassment as an ongoing pattern of behavior.


Clausen was elected to his third term as city clerk in November. He also ran unsuccessfully for state representative in 2012.


Watson said he met with Maumelle Police Chief Sam Williams on Friday, and the decision was made then to turn the case over to the Arkansas State Police.


"We did that for the same reason we have the state police investigate when a Maumelle police car has a wreck," Watson said. "We want to avoid any accusations of conflict of interest."


Clausen and the city of Maumelle are also currently being sued in federal court over alleged age discrimination.


In that case, Patricia Meyer, a city employer, alleges that Clausen discriminated against her on the basis of age. A jury trial is set for the week of Dec. 14 before Judge Kristine Baker.