The person who filed a sexual harassment complaint against Alexandria Human Rights Director Stephen M. Levinson accused him of asking for a sexual favor in his office and said that after the act was completed Levinson presented the person with $30.
City Manager Vola Lawson said yesterday that she will decide in a few days what disciplinary action, if any, will be taken against Levinson. He was placed on administrative leave from his $42,000-a-year job on March 21 after being told that sexual harassment charges were being placed against him.
Neither city officials nor Levinson's lawyer have revealed details of the allegations, but a source close to the case and the person who filed the complaint said the allegation of sex in Levinson's office at 110 North Royal St., across from City Hall, was among them.
The other charges, the source said, included a sexual harassment complaint from a female applicant seeking a job in Levinson's office and a Human Services Department employe's statement that Levinson had kissed her.
"The charges are a fabrication," said Levinson's attorney, Philip J. Hirschkop. He said that there were five allegations against Levinson and all were "nonsense."
The person who filed the allegation of a sexual favor is a transsexual who at the time of the incident was a man dressed as a female. Since then, the person has undergone a sex change operation.
The woman, who asked not to be identified, said yesterday that she had performed oral sodomy on Levinson in 1981, and felt "used and bitter afterward."
In a written complaint received in the Citizens Assistance Office on April 25, the woman said that Levinson said he "felt an uncontrollable urge to kiss me, and that I was a very beautiful lady . . . . My confidence was very low and this made me confused. He suggested we meet after everyone left at 5:00 p.m., and do some things together. I went back to his office after 5:00 p.m. and we had sexual relations in the office."
She said she told him before the sex act that she was confused about her sex and was contemplating the sex change operation.
Hirschkop called her account a fabrication" and said that the "incident was investigated by the city and they found it to be without merit. It's obviously phony if after four years they are bringing it up now."
City Attorney Cyril Calley said Hirschkop's account was incorrect, but declined to discuss the case.
"He was supposed to be protecting my rights," said the woman of Levinson. When she met Levinson in 1981, she said, she was seeking help from his office because she believed she had been unfairly fired from a job as a computer operator.
"I was so confused . . . I didn't even tell anyone for a couple years," she said.