Courts & Crime

Ex-supervisor in Saline Township, Ill., accused of groping women

Two more women have filed suit against a former Saline Township supervisor who they allege groped them when they came to the township for financial assistance.

The new suits against Alvin Steiner and Saline Township were filed within the past two weeks by Jamie Miener and Melanie Hedlund. Elizabeth Watkins filed suit earlier this month.

Steiner had served as township supervisor since 2001 and served as a trustee for the township for many years. The township provides financial assistance to help needy people pay their rent and utilities.

Hedlund's suit was filed Wednesday. It was not immediately available.

Steiner referred questions to his lawyer Bryan LeMoine, who could not be reached for comment.

Meiner's suit was filed last week. She alleges that Steiner grabbed her breasts and tried to kiss and touch her.

"On more than one occasion, Steiner removed his pants and manually manipulated his genitals while touching (Miener)," the complaint states.

The suit alleges that Steiner warned Miener he would cut off her utility assistance if she told anyone or resisted him.

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