Woman Fights to Continue Protection Order For Daughters

Sherri Wright-Harris is fighting to keep a protection order for her two daughters on the books in Sarpy County.

"The betrayal was colossal, the heartache was devastating," said Wright-Harris.

She's talking about her minister of 25 years, Clifton Wells, 61.

"Here is a man you trusted like your family doctor, your family lawyer, I mean he had our confidence," said Wright Harris.

Wright-Harris said she got this protection order after an alleged incident in July involving her adolescent daughter.

"When she came back, she told me that he had been fondling, touching her inappropriately to on the way to getting the job application. Immediately she broke out into hysterics, and I called the Sheriff and CPS," said Wright-Harris.

Since then, a 19 year-old cousin of Wright-Harris also filed for a protection order, claiming Wells inappropriately grabbed her too just over a year ago.

In court Monday, Wells tried to overturn the protection order.

He didn't talk to us, but his lawyer did.

"His position that he did nothing wrong, he was just taking her to put in job applications. And he disputes any and all allegations," said William Harris, Wells' attorney.

So far, no charges have been filed though Sarpy County is investigating.

Anyone can file for a protection order when allegations are made. It's put in place to protect the alleged victim while the claims are investigated.

Wright-Harris said she wants that protection to continue.

"I want that judge, who signed his name to those protection orders, to keep those protection orders on my child, and the other child that has come forth, and for him to eventually be arrested for the crime," said Wright-Harris.

But that didn't happen, Judge William Zastera took the motion under advisement and will make a decision at a later date.

Wells has been a minister for 25 years, but his lawyer said he is taking a leave of absence while things continue in court. He is also a retired Omaha firefighter and does not have a criminal record.

Judge Zastera said the girl may need to testify before he can make a decision on continuing the protection order.

Wright-Harris said Wells has not tried to reach out to her family since the alleged incident.


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