CT police LGBTQ Liaison alleges sexual harassment by cop
A Hartford police sergeant is accused of making sexually harassing remarks to his department’s LGBTQ Liaison, according to FOX 61.
In the eight-page complaint obtained by the station, Officer Kelly Baerga contends that Sgt. Andrew Rodney continually made remarks about her sexuality in front of others and was flirting with women during a Bridgeport recruiting event in May 2018.
“Although we were all there to make ourselves available to all participants regardless of gender, race or sexual identity, Sgt. Rodney would zone in on specific female participants, those women who were well endowed or otherwise what he referred to as (thick) who were feminine,” Baerga said of the recruiting event in the complaint.
Baerga claims Rodney made repeated inappropriate comments to her over an eight-month stretch, including a comment that she claims intended to “out her” to a fellow officer, FOX 61 said.
In a phone conversation with FOX 61, Rodney admitted to making two specific comments, but he said he didn’t intend to offend Baerga.
“The cost of the department’s inaction has not only caused a health issue of depression and sleeplessness but also created an atmosphere filled with anxiety, hopelessness, and constant and continued fear of retaliation and compromised safety,” Baerga wrote in the complaint.
Baerga contends in the complaint that she verbally told command staff about Rodney’s behavior and a superior filed a complaint on her behalf months ago, but no action was taken. She also called the current police administration a “Good Ole’ Boys” network where complaints of sexual harassment made by female officers aren’t taken seriously, in the document.
Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin told FOX 61 Baerga’s allegations will be investigated.
“My administration does not tolerate harassment of any kind by anyone,” Bronin told FOX 61. “I became aware of a specific harassment complaint against a member of the police department yesterday, I take the allegations very seriously, and there is an investigation underway,” Mayor Bronin said.