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Documents detail Tarrant County DA's alleged sexual harassment

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The former Tarrant County prosecutor who said she was sexually harassed by District Attorney Joe Shannon got a settlement of $375,000, according to newly released documents.

In the harassment case, former prosecutor Sabrina Sabin said the 72-year-old repeatedly made graphic sexual comments to her.

For example, she said Shannon would "constantly make comments about my breasts and tell me he would like to see them (and) touch them."

The 44-year-old Sabin started keeping a journal following a 2008 business trip to San Antonio with Shannon. She even bought a pen which records audio.

Sabin said a co-worker witnessed an event in April of 2009 in which "Joe came up from behind me and grabbed and pulled my hair. He then leaned down and smelled it."

She filed her complaint in April 2012.

Tarrant County paid a law firm $100,000 to investigate and in September the county agreed to an out-of-court, no-fault settlement of $375,000.

As part of that settlement, Sabin resigned from the DA's office and is not allowed to talk about the case.

The documents were just released Friday because the Texas Attorney General's Office ruled the county must make the information public.

To read the full 100-page documents, visit documents marked for release.pdf.

Shannon denies the allegations.

"An objective review of the documents will clearly demonstrate what I have said all along. There are two sides to this controversy. The claims have been vigorously denied and disputed," he said in a statement he also released Friday.

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