ALAMO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - A Kalamazoo County township supervisor has been accused of inappropriately touching himself in front of a woman following a township board meeting in September. But Alamo Township Supervisor Lou Conti claims it never happened.
In a special board meeting held Thursday afternoon at the township hall in Alamo Township, Conti refused to resign from his position after a closed-door session with the board.
According to a police report obtained by 24 Hour News 8, Jennifer Button claims that on Sept. 9, she went up to the table where the board sits and Conti reached out for a handshake. Button said the two shook hands and then Conti allegedly "pulled out the front of his pants with his left hand and put his right hand completely down in the front of his own pants," according to the report.
Button claims in the report that Conti made a circular motion with his hand for 30 seconds.
In the police report, Conti said he had placed his hand in his pocket.
Township Clerk Laura Endres was present at the time and was interviewed by police.
Endres said in the police report she saw the handshake and then got busy and turned away, but did hear a comment from Button about Conti placing his hands down his pants. Endres said when she looked over that way she did not see Conti with his hand down his pants.
Township Trustee Gail Vanderweele was also interviewed by police about the incident. Vanderweele said she was sure that Conti's hand was down the front of his pants and moving in an up and down fashion while talking to Button and that his hand was not in his pocket.
After Thursday's meeting, Conti released a statement to 24 Hour News 8.
"From the time that I began serving the Alamo residents last November I have been harassed at meetings and in my office by Ms. Button. Ms. Button is not even a resident of Alamo Township. I believe her sole purpose has been to disrupt township meeting son behalf of folks who were defeated in the last election. Ms. Button has initiated a false complaint against me in which the sheriff department has investigated and found no wrong doing on my part. I am considering a law suit against Ms. Button for false accusations, defamation, and harassment. In the meantime I would appreciate Ms. Button cease her conduct so I can continue to focus on my duties as Township Supervisor making Alamo Township a better place for its residents."
24 Hour News 8 was able to confirm Button is not a resident of Alamo Township and is involved with a group that is trying to recall Conti, who has been in his current elected position since last November.
Police said they did not find any criminal wrongdoing by Conti.
The police report also said an assistant prosecutor was consulted and also decided there would be no crime they could think of that was committed.
24 Hour News 8 went to Button's house and placed calls to her on Thursday night, but was not able to contact with her.
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