A Lantana, Florida resident has filed a complaint with the Florida Commission on Ethics claiming the town’s mayor said if she had sex with him he would make sure her neighborhood would receive speed bumps to slow speeding traffic down.
Catherine Padilla also said the mayor, David Stewart, drove her to a motel, about three years ago, after they had lunch and wanted to “occupy” a room with her, according to her Jan. 2 complaint. Ms. Padilla said that she declined the offer, and stayed in the car.
On Jan. 11, Stewart went to Padilla’s home to talk about the complaint, according to the statement he gave to Lantana Police. Padilla did not let him inside. Police described the visit as a “suspicious incident.”
Stewart claims that Padilla’s claims are false.
“These accusations are totally and completely false,” Stewart said. “I won’t dignify them by commenting. I continue to focus on doing my best for the residents of our town and community.”
Padilla said she didn’t have the confidence needed to make a report until now. Her ex-husband, died in 2015 while working at the East Central Regional sewage plant in West Palm Beach. Padilla, a plant worker, fell through a metal floor grating, plunged into sewage and was lodged in a 42-inch pipe.
“I’m finally strong enough. My feet are on the ground now,” Catherine Padilla said. “I’m finally feeling strong enough to come forward with this.”
The town did grant the traffic calming devices at an August 2015 council meeting.