A third female Miami-Dade Schools Police officer said Wednesday that she was sexually harassed by Police Chief Charles Hurley. Meantime, school official Jimmie Brown spoke about how the district took quick action after it learned about the allegations from the first two officers, Deanna Fox-Williams and Yewande Gibson.
A third female Miami-Dade Schools Police officer said Wednesday that she was also sexually harassed by Police Chief Charles Hurley, a day after two lawsuits were filed against him.
The third officer, who did not want to give her name, said Hurley would describe the size of his genitals to her.
Miami-Dade school officials said that as soon as they found out about the allegations from the first two officers – Deanna Fox-Williams and Yewande Gibson – they acted quickly, taking Hurley away from the women and the police department.
"An investigation was launched and the employee was reassigned, relieving him of all law enforcement responsibilities and an acting chief was assigned,” said Jimmie Brown, director of the district’s Office of Professional Standards. “The district does not comment on pending litigation."
Fox-Williams and Gibson filed suits in Miami-Dade County civil court alleging 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 were retaliated against.
The two officers told NBC 6 South Florida that Hurley was out to have sex with them.
Gibson said she “caught completely off-guard.”
“It was completely unwanted – his attack on me,” she said.
Hurley is still making his $114,000 salary as the schools continue to investigate the allegations, Brown said.
"They are complex because they involve allegations received months apart about incidents that occurred before the current administration,” he said.
Fox-Williams and Gibson said their superior, Hurley, sexually harassed them for years and on specific occasions propositioned them for sex.
Gibson said Hurley invited her to his home during the workday after they were at a nearby school to see if she wanted to update her home that was under renovation like his.
But, her lawsuit alleges, “Once inside the house, Chief Charles Hurley grabbed Plaintiff around the torso, forced his tongue in Plaintiff’s mouth, unzipped his trousers and forced Plaintiff’s hand onto his penis, all before Plaintiff was able to break away and flee from the house.”
Hurley could not be reached for comment.
The schools found out about the allegations when the two women went to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The school board says it has to balance the allegations against the rights Hurley has to a fair hearing.
Under Florida law, the school board and Hurley have 20 days to respond to the officers’ legal complaints.
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