Michigan Attorney General is investigating Branch County Prosecutor Ralph Kimble
The Michigan Attorney General's office is investigating Branch County Prosecutor Ralph Kimble. This comes as the Newschannel3 I-team investigates allegations of sexual harassment against Kimble. At least three women who have worked at the courthouse said Kimble sexually harassed them while at work.
The AG’s office is being very tight-lipped about the investigation but a letter obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request confirms there is currently an open investigation involving Kimble.
Just two weeks ago, the I-Team spoke with two women who said Kimble made inappropriate sexual comments and advances toward them.
One of those courthouse workers filed a civil rights complaint for sexual harassment and retaliation with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. Additionally, two complaints have been filed with the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board. All of this is on top of a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Kimble by a former courthouse employee.
The day after our story aired, video of Kimble going on a rant at the courthouse surfaced. Courthouse security was tightened because of that incident.
While the AG's office will not go into the details of its investigation, the accusers said they just want someone to step up and investigate.
"I feel like at every corner we're being told, we don't have jurisdiction over him," one of the women said. "He answers to somebody and I want to know who that is; and he's running loose in Branch County and people are terrified to go to work every day."
Newschannel 3 did reach out to Ralph Kimble for a comment on the Attorney General's investigation, but he has not returned the contact.
As for the AG's office, when Newschannel 3 asked if the investigation is in direct connection to the sexual harassment allegations, we were told the office doesn't comment on pending investigations; however, the AG's office was aware of the situation before our reporting.