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2 Baltimore Handymen Charged in Sex-for-Repairs Case

BALTIMORE— Two former Baltimore City Housing Authority maintenance workers are facing criminal charges in connection with accusations that handymen demanded sexual favors for basic repairs.

Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby said in a statement that 48-year-old Charles Coleman and 61-year-old Doug Hussy were charged last week with second-degree assault, fourth-degree sexual offense, harassment and misconduct in office. Online court records list a June 2015 date for the offenses.

Related: Baltimore Public Housing Workers Demanded Sex For Repairs, Lawsuit Alleges

The charges come after the housing authority reached a settlement worth up to $8 million with female tenants who filed a lawsuit alleging that workers sexually abused or harassed them.

Image: Gilmor Homes housing project in Baltimore, Md
Gilmor Homes housing project in Baltimore, where handymen allegedly demanded sex for repairs. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images, file

The Baltimore Sun reported that Hussy denied the allegations and said he was unaware of the charges. Coleman didn't respond to a message from the newspaper. A housing authority spokeswoman declined to comment.