Report: NOPD sergeant demoted after three women claim sexual harassment

Report: NOPD sergeant demoted after three women claim sexual harassment

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A New Orleans Police Department sergeant has been demoted after three women reported that he sexually harassed them at work, according to a report by our partners | The Times-Picayune. 

According to the report, Sgt. Rhett Charles supervised two of the women who said he made "sexualized comments" to them. They said in the report that they told a New Orleans Police Department internal investigator that Charles talked to them about their breasts, undergarments or genitals in 2015 or 2016 when he was their supervisor in NOPD's Alternative Police Response Unit.

The report states that those same officers also told the investigator that Charles asked them about their favorite sexual position.

According to the article, a third female officer said Charles made a comment about her breasts 12 years ago when she was a recruit in the academy.

Charles worked as a physical fitness trainer at the time of that allegation, according to the report.

NOPD spokesman Beau Tidwell told | The Times-Picayune that Charles was demoted from sergeant to police officer IV, the highest police officer rank on Monday after an internal investigation found he was in neglect of duty by violating the department's policy banning sexual harassment or discrimination, and for failing to maintain standards of service.

In addition to having no supervisory duties going forward, Charles received a one-day suspension, according to the spokesman.

For more on this report, read the article by Emily Lane here.