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Male NYPD Officer Claims He Was Groped By Female Boss: "It Was Incredibly Demeaning"

Officer Risel Martinez filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

A bodybuilding NYPD officer claims that he was sexually harassed by his female boss. Officer Risel Martinez  alleges that his onetime superior, Sgt. Laverne Wilson-Valis, groped him and made inappropriate comments about his physique.

Martinez, 27, filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint last Friday (Oct. 13) the New York Daily News reports.

He says that things began to get “weird” after he was transferred to the NYPD’s ballistic vest unit last year. The groping incident occurred in January, but before that, Martinez attests that Wilson-Valis had no problem speaking about his body.

“We'd be there and then she'd make comments like, 'Wow, Martinez, you're getting bigger, you're getting stronger,' and I'd be like, OK, thank you?,” he told the Daily News.

On Jan. 31, Martinez was moving bulletproof vests around a trailer when Wilson-Vailis allegedly walked in and molested him after his co-workers left.

“She puts her hand on my groin area, and then she places her hand right above my butt,” he recalled. "She pushes me back, looks at my penis — like, directly at my penis — and then pushes me forward and looks at my butt. And when I look at her, she just steps back, puts her hands up and giggles. I was just so confused."

Martinez says he was “extremely humiliated” by the encounter. “It was incredibly demeaning and dehumanizing.”

Martinez filed a report with the EEO office in February and says that he was still made to work in the department for another month despite the complaint.

The office found his claims of “sexually harassing conduct” to be substantiated, but was unable to substantiate his gender discrimination claim against Wilson-Valis,  according to the Daily News.

However, Martinez took his grievance to the EEOC because Wilson-Valis was only required to complete a seminar following an investigation by the EEO.

Martinez has also endured discipline from the department over an incident that may have landed him in the unit run by Wilson-Valis. In 2016, Martinez was stripped of his gun after being recorded pointing his firearm at a crowd and punching a 19-year-old civilian for legally filming him. Martinez was not in uniform at the time and was on hand while his sergeant cuffed a 21-year-old man for reportedly interfering with an auto theft investigation.

Martinez has since been returned to full duty in Brooklyn’s 73rd Precinct.

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Judge John Kastrenakes found 21-year-old Deandre Somerville in contempt of court for not showing up to jury duty during a civil trial. Kastrenakes vacated the contempt of court charge and cleared Somerville's record.

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A Texas Man Robbed A Bank The Day Before His Wedding To Pay For The Ring

A Texas man has been charged with aggravated robbery for robbing a bank the day before his wedding to pay for the ring and venue.

According to reports, Heath Edward Bumpus approached a bank teller at Citizens State Bank on Saturday (Oct. 4) and said he had a weapon and demanded money, which he left with.

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After learning of the robbery, Wallace posted Bumpus' photo on Trinity County Sherriff’s Facebook page in hopes the public would assist with his capture. In an ironic turn of events, Bumpus' fiancee saw the photo, called him and convinced him to turn himself into authorities.

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NYPD Arrests 24-Year-Old Suspect In Quadruple Homeless Homicide

There appears to be no rhyme or reason behind the vicious attacks on five of New York City's homeless, which has left not only the community but other New Yorkers shaking their heads in dismay.

According to The New York Times, Rudy Rodriguez Santos was arrested and charged in the quadruple homicide, which took place at about 2 AM Saturday (Oct. 5) in the Chinatown section of the city. Authorities have not released the names of the victims but revealed one of them was an 83-years-old man. The fifth victim has been transported to a nearby hospital.

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“They have nowhere to live and you beat them to death,” Wu said. “How terrible.”

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