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Cannon office, ex-aide settle harassment suit

Without disclosing terms, an aide to Rep. Chris Cannon, R-Utah, has settled sexual harassment claims she filed against his office, his company and his former chief of staff.

Crelley Mackey - who had been Cannon's Salt Lake County field coordinator - also resigned as the settlement was reached.Cannon's former chief of staff, Chuck Warren, resigned in July after the press disclosed his relationship with Mackey, which he de-scribed as "consensual physical contact without sex," but which Mackey said in claims was unwanted sexual harassment.

The relationship began when both worked for Cannon's venture capital firm, Cannon Industries, and continued as they worked on Cannon's 1996 campaign and later in his congressional office.

Before Warren's resignation, Cannon acknowledged he had hired a former FBI agent to investigate their relationship - and tried to broker a deal to avoid claims including an offer to pay $5,000 to Mackey for counseling and other expenses. She declined it.

Cannon's current chief of staff, Steve Taggart, said Cannon did not pay any money personally to Mackey as part of the final settlement.

He said the settlement was reached "without any admission of liability or payment of monies from Chris Cannon or the use of tax dollars."

He said terms of the settlement did not allow him to offer any further details, and other comments were limited to one sentence released jointly by Cannon and Mackey's attorney.

It said, "Ms. Mackey's claims against the employing (congressional) office, the Cannon entities (Cannon Industries), the campaign and Mr. Warren have been resolved to the parties' satisfaction."