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Eastern North Carolina housing non-profit accused of sexually exploiting clients

Here’s a disturbing story today from WNCN  in Eastern North Carolina about a non-profit housing authority based in Laurinburg where administrators are accused of demanding sexual favors from women seeking housing help.

Lawyers from Legal Aid of North Carolina’s fair housing division, who are representing the victims in the case, are asking a federal judge for a temporary restraining order to prevent any retaliation against the women who lodged accusations against Four-County Community Services. The non-profit housing group provides rental help for low-income residents in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Hoke, Pender, Robeson and Scotland counties.

From the story:

The women first brought charges against the Laurinburg-based Four-County Community Services in state superior court in September 2012. They said that from 2011 to 2013, Wesley and Pender demanded sexual favors in exchange for granting the vouchers and conducting favorable home inspections so the women could qualify for the Section 8 housing program.

“A client will go in, apply for benefits, and either John Wesley or Eric Pender — the two individual defendants in the case — will approach them and solicit sexual favors from them with a promise that their benefits will be helped,” [Legal Aid attorney Craig] Hensel explained.

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