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Outgoing Canyon County coroner accused of harassing coworker, tort claim alleges

An employee of the Canyon County Coroner's Office claims she suffered damages after she was harassed by outgoing coroner Vicki DeGeus-Morris.
An employee of the Canyon County Coroner's Office claims she suffered damages after she was harassed by outgoing coroner Vicki DeGeus-Morris. KIVI, Channel 6

An employee of a coroner's office in western Idaho has filed a notice of a tort claim that alleges she was harassed by the outgoing coroner.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports Canyon County Deputy Coroner Lori LaRoche filed the notice earlier this month against Coroner Vicki DeGeus-Morris, seeking damages of at least $800,000 for the "personal and professional harassment" by the coroner since 2011.

LaRoche claims DeGeus-Morris created a hostile work environment that caused her medical problems and loss of benefits.

In a statement Tuesday, DeGeus-Morris says the allegations are unsubstantiated but she cannot comment further due to the threatened litigation.

DeGeus-Morris lost her re-election bid for the position to Jennifer Crawford in the Republican primary last week.

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Canyon County Coroner Vicki DeGeus-Morris briefs the media near the home in the background where Nampa police discovered the body of a woman Thursday. Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman
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