Female Cop Accused of Sexually Harassing Male Officers

Monday, September 27, 2010


A female cop in Providence has been accused of whacking male officers in the groin—and instead of investigating, top brass allegedly turned a blind eye to the charges because she is related to a senior officer, according to documents uncovered in a GoLocalProv investigation.

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Officer Rosemary Chin, a petite officer known around the department for her coarse language and rough manners, has a nasty habit of striking numerous male officers in the testicles, according to the documents.

Repeated Assaults

Chin slapped Officer Gregory Daniels in his testicles sometime between September 3 and 5, 2009, according to a complaint he filed with the state Human Rights Commission earlier this month. Two weeks later, she hit another officer in his genitalia in an elevator at the Central Station, the complaint claims. (Read the complaint.)

“Officer Chin has repeatedly made comments to my client related to his genitalia and has repeatedly struck him in that area in an offensive manner,” Glen Whitehead, an attorney for Daniels, wrote in a Dec. 15, 2009 letter to the department. “Apparently, Officer Chin has made a habit of striking other male officers in the groin area. My client has stated that she has done this to numerous other officers on the Providence Police Department.” (Read the letter.)

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(Read about another prominent sexual harassment case involving police in Rhode Island.)

Claim: 'Numerous Other Officers' Sexually Harassed

Whitehead claims that numerous other officers have complained about Chin’s abusive behavior “over a significant period of time.” But instead of investigating, the department has shuffled her around from district to district and most recently rewarded her with a 9 percent pay raise and a coveted position on the school squad, sources close to the department tell GoLocalProv.

In his Human Rights complaint, Daniels suggests the department has been protecting Chin—and discriminating against him—because she is the mother of the grandson of a “high-ranking Providence Police Department officer.”

That officer is Deputy Chief Paul Kennedy, according to sources close to the department.

Daniels, meanwhile, claims that he has been passed over for promotions and transfers, costing him lost earnings and other damages. On top of it all, he has been hit with 20-day, unpaid suspension this month a series of charges and is now suing the department, claiming his rights under state law have been violated. (Read about the case).

Paul Sullivan, an attorney for Daniels, declined to comment. So did Col. Dean Esserman, the police chief.


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