Charles Hurley submitted his letter of resignation on Feb. 8, a district official confirmed to NBC 6 on Wednesday. The Miami-Dade Schools Police chief was demoted after two female officers filed lawsuits in January claiming that he sexually harassed them, and then retaliated against them after they refused his advances. Officers Deanna Fox-Williams and Yewande Gibson spoke with NBC 6 in January. Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo commented on the situation Wednesday, while Hurley said that he's not making any comments.
Miami-Dade Schools Police Chief Charles Hurley is no longer on the job, a school district official said.
Hurley submitted his letter of resignation on Feb. 8, a district official confirmed to NBC 6 on Wednesday. Two female Miami-Dade Schools Police officers filed lawsuits in January claiming that Hurley sexually harassed them, and then retaliated against them after they refused his advances.
"I have a lot to say about it, but I’m not making any comment,” Hurley told NBC 6 Wednesday night. “I won’t be making any comments.”
Officers Deanna Fox-Williams and Yewande Gibson's lawsuits in Miami-Dade County civil court alleged that Hurley, Superintendent of Schools Alberto Carvalho and the school board violated federal and state law when they were sexually harassed by Hurley and then suffered retaliation afterward.
Following their lawsuits, a third female officer also said she was sexually harassed by Hurley, while the school district said that he had been demoted.
"A lot of these allegations have not been proven, however what we understand is that there's sufficient evidence to concern the administration, to concern the superintendent," Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo said.
Curbelo called the situation "regrettable."
"Do we expect the highest, ethical and moral standards from our employees? Absolutely, especially those that are in leadership positions," he said.
The district is conducting a search for a new police chief for the department, which has 161 officers.