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No charges against former Illinois county clerk

BELLEVILLE — A former southwestern Illinois county clerk whose alleged harassment of five women resulted in a combined $665,000 in settlements won't face criminal charges and will continue to collect his state-funded pension.

The alleged victims chose not to pursue criminal charges against the county's one-time clerk, Bob Delaney, and focused chiefly on just getting him removed as their boss, St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly told the Belleville News-Democrat for a story Thursday.

"The employees involved in these civil settlements did not have any contact with law enforcement as the specific allegations occurred and they have not at any stage sought criminal charges against Mr. Delaney," Kelly said.

The settlement payouts to the women from the county ranged from $90,000 to $200,000 and ensure the employees will not sue the county over the alleged inappropriate behavior by Delaney, who resigned a year ago after an employee accused him of discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful termination.

Delaney, 55, has denied wrongdoing. Calls by The Associated Press to his home Thursday went unanswered.

As part of the settlement reached in December, the county denies any wrongdoing.

Delaney, who along with his wife filed for bankruptcy in May, began receiving a $92,706 annual pension from the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund on June 1. Public officials convicted of official misconduct or certain other felonies may not receive pension benefits through that fund or state-funded pensions.

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