Legal expert: Ex-Mets GM's actions could be criminal under NY state law
Many people are weighing in Tuesday over the firing of New York Mets general manager Jared Porter, with some saying his actions weren't grounds for firing and others saying what he did could be criminal.
Cindy Kanusher, executive director of Pace Women's Justice Center in White Plains, says sending sexual pictures or saying sexual things can be considered a crime under New York state law. Kanusher says someone can be arrested for that.
Porter was fired after sending graphic, uninvited text messages and images to a female reporter in 2016 when he was working for the Chicago Cubs in their front office.
Mets owner Steve Cohen said Porter was fired Tuesday morning.
The accusations against Porter were reported by ESPN on Monday night.
The reporter told ESPN that the texts from Porter were ultimately part of her decision to leave the journalism industry.
Kanusher says one of the top responses when a victim finally comes forward is, "Why now?" That was one of the top questions News 12 viewers asked after hearing the news.
Kanusher says, "There's a lot of repercussions that can happen to them when they report. So, they can be afraid that they'll lose their job, people won't want to work with them anymore, they'll be looked at like an employee who causes trouble, or their culture tells them that it's not appropriate to speak out and they have to keep it a secret."
The woman who came forward in this case returned to her home country. Porter also reportedly apologized to her after she told him to stop messaging her.
"Yes, it's really good that he stopped, but the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior, so he's done this before," says Kanusher. "I don't know if he'll do it again, but he used his power to sexually harass somebody."
The former journalist says she doesn't plan to file a lawsuit.