Remove Judge for Ignoring Sexual Assault in Courtroom

Target: Gov. Brian Sandoval

Goal: Remove judge for ignoring the terrorizing and sexual harassment of a woman in her courtroom

A Nevada woman was arrested on false charges and her child was taken away from her because she refused to allow herself to be sexually assaulted by the court marshal.  The woman, Monica Contreras, was in court for a routine divorce proceeding, and her two-year-old daughter was with her.  The harrowing and disturbing video of the event shows that Contreras’ proceedings up to the time when she was assaulted were going as usual.

Court marshal Ron Fox then ordered Contreras into a waiting room, alone, for a completely unwarranted drug test. Contreras requested a female marshal to perform the test, and she was ignored. She requested a witness and was similarly ignored. Ron Fox then groped her breasts and buttocks and demanded she lift her shirt for him, all of which was validated in a later internal investigation.

Contreras then showed unbelievable tenacity and strength when she returned to the same courtroom and recounted the entire story to Judge Patricia Doninger, who would not even look at Contreras and simply continued to play with Contreras’ daughter. Ron Fox, who is in the courtroom, then tells an officer to handcuff her, in front of her two-year-old child, for making a false allegation against a police officer. Convenient, as it was her word against his and the law supporting the arrest does not actually exist. Unfortunately for Ron Fox, assault victims cannot actually be arrested by their assaulters.

As the officer began to arrest her, Contreras pleaded with the court asking why she would be arrested, obviously shocked and horrified at the system that would allow such injustice. Meanwhile, her daughter innocently asked the officer, “don’t take my mama.” Fox told her that the only way she could remain free was to recant her statement officially. She agreed, but then in defiant courage retold her exact same story again, then allowed herself to be arrested. It is a memorable image to see a mother standing up for what’s right in front of her tiny daughter at the risk of her freedom. Judge Doninger avoided eye contact throughout it all, and ignored the injustice happening right before her.

The officer was fired, but Judge Doninger continues to work after watching an innocent woman get arrested in her courtroom under completely illegal charges. Please sign this petition to stand with Monica Contreras and have Judge Doninger removed from her position.


Dear Governor Brian Sandoval,

Recently, Monica Contreras was arrested in a Nevada court after being sexually assaulted and reporting that fact. She was arrested by her assaulter on trumped-up charges based on a nonexistent law, which you may note is a complete abuse of authority and an insult to justice in the United States of America.

The illegal arrest of Monica Contreras and the harrowing scene of a woman whose rights and dignity and autonomy are being stripped away in front of her two-year-old daughter were witnessed by Judge Patricia Doninger, who proceeded to do exactly nothing to stop the affront to liberty happening before her.

Please remove Patricia Doninger from her position immediately. She is completely unfit to work in a court of law.


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