Assault, sexual harassment accusations against Independence Police Chief Brad Halsey explained
A former employee is suing the city of Independence and its police chief over numerous alleged incidents of sexual harassment and assault.
The suit filed in Jackson County Circuit Court alleges that she was subjected to "repeated instances of sexually charged and assaultive behavior."
Most of the incidents alleged involved Brad Halsey, a veteran with the department who became chief in 2016.
The woman said in the suit that she resigned her job as an analyst for the police department because of the alleged incidents, which occurred before Halsey became chief and also involved two other department employees.
Her allegations included a May 2013 incident in which she alleges she was the victim of assault and battery by Halsey, who was deputy police chief at the time.
He asked her to adjust his tie before he allegedly placed his hands on her buttocks and pulled her into his erect penis.
She fled him, but he then came to her desk and asked her whether his pants were too tight. She looked up and saw he had an erection, the suit alleges.
Prior to that incident, which prompted her resignation, the suit alleges that he sent "numerous offensive texts" asking her to send pictures of her swimsuit and her breasts, using a vulgar word.
In one message, he sent her a picture of another woman's breasts.
Such incidents occurred on a "regular basis," according to the suit.
The city of Independence said in a statement Thursday that it would not comment on the lawsuit but that "due to the serious nature of the allegations associated with this case we can say an investigation has been started.
"As this is a personnel matter, the findings will not be made public," the statement said.
A spokesman for the police department did not respond to requests for comment on Thursday.
The woman's suit also alleges incidents involving two other department employees.
In 2007, a civilian employee slapped her buttocks with a rolled up map and commented it was too big a target not to try to hit.
And in 2009, a police major commented about another woman making him hot but told her, "You don't do it for me because you are too old."
The woman, who now works for another area police department, is seeking $500,000 as well as additional punitive damages.