San Diego, CA- The city of San Diego agreed to pay a quarter of a million settlement to one of the victims of former San Diego Police Officer Christopher Hays who left the job in 2014. Hays is accused of sexually abusing several women while he worked on the force and this latest settlement will resolve civil litigation tied to Hays behavior.
San Diego to Pay Another Victim of Officer Accused of Sexual Misconduct
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the city will begin making payments to a victim of former San Diego police officer Christopher Hays. So far, the San Diego has paid close to $2 million to women who accused the officer of sexual misconduct between 2012 and 2013, the paper reports.
The city will pay $250,000 to a woman who accused Hays of groping her for several minutes when he picked her up to give her a ride. One woman accused Hays of patting her down for 20 minutes. Another victim accused the officer of trapping her in a room and forcing her to watch him masturbate, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
The city settled lawsuits with two other victims.
Hays resigned from the police force in 2014 after he was criminally charged with the sexual assaults.
Sexual Misconduct on the Force
In 2015, the Associated Press investigated sexual misconduct in law enforcement agencies and found an alarming number of officers who lost their badges for sexual abuse. Over a six-year period, the AP found 1,000 officers accused of rape, sexual assault, sodomy, possession of child pornography, and propositioning detainees for sex.
The AP only looked at officer’s who lost their badge for sexual misconduct. Not all states take such action, so there are more cases AP reporters didn’t find. In other cases, they found records of officers who were accused but were not disciplined for a variety of sexual improprieties.
Officer misconduct also goes unreported because victims fear retaliation from other officers. They are afraid they will be targeted and singled-out by officers if they come forward, so many victims refuse to report abusive incidents.
Another reason sexual misconduct is underreported is money. Individual officers cannot be held liable for damages related to police brutality claims, so law enforcement agencies are on the hook for high-dollar settlements as with the case of San Diego.
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If an officer uses excessive force, coerces you into a sex act, or wrongfully puts you under arrest, you may be entitled to compensation. USAttorneys.com can connect you with a police brutality lawyer in San Diego to examine the details of your case and help you decide on the course of action you should take.