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GREENVILLE District Attorney seeks state probe into sexual harassment allegations



Published: Sat, February 2, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



GREENVILLE, Pa. -- James Epstein, Mercer County district attorney, has asked the state attorney general's office to pick up the investigation of a sexual harassment allegation against a borough police officer.

Epstein said Friday that his office has completed its look at the case and now wants the attorney general to review the matter to avoid any suggestion of a conflict of interest.

Epstein said he and other members of his office have worked closely on cases in the past with the officer involved in the investigation.

The officer, who hasn't been publicly identified, has been on paid suspension since mid-December.

Review sought: Epstein said his investigation showed the officer may have committed criminal harassment of up to five people and he wants the attorney general to review those findings.

Two Greenville police dispatches lodged complaints against the officer in November and have refused to return to work until the matter is resolved.

Epstein said one of the complainants in the current case had also filed a sexual harassment complaint against the same officer five years ago.

An investigation at that time failed to turn up sufficient evidence to file any charges against the officer, Epstein said.

The latest probe took a look at allegations of improper conduct on the part of several officers but only one officer was being investigated regarding criminal conduct, Epstein said.




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