Berwyn police detective files sexual harassment suit against deputy chief

Saturday, 11 November 2017, 03:36:49 AM. Berwyn Police Department detective alleges sexual harassment in lawsuit against deputy chief
For about a year, Berwyn Deputy Police Chief Joseph Drury repeatedly made sexually harassing comments to a female detective and once threatened to rape her, according to a lawsuit the detective filed this week in Cook County Circuit Court. Detective Carmelita Terry, a 27-year veteran of the department who filed suit on Thursday against Drury and the city of Berwyn, contends that the harassment began in September 2014 and continued into early October 2015. Drury did not respond to voicemail messages for comment at his office and apparent cellphone and home numbers. Police Chief Michael Cimaglia did not respond to a voicemail message at his office. Berwyn City Attorney Anthony Bertuca declined comment, saying he had not seen the lawsuit. The eight-page complaint contends that Drury “at least several times a month” made repeated statements to Terry that he wanted to get her in bed and could sexually please her. He asked “sexually-charged” questions, including whom the detective slept with. And on Sept. 23, 2015, Drury called Terry into his office and said, “I’m going to rape you,” the lawsuit states. About that same time in a separate incident, Drury entered the office where Terry was working and ordered a colleague to leave. With the door closed, Drury hovered within inches of Terry at her desk and whispered his explicit sexual intentions, the lawsuit states. The complaint also contends that Drury on Oct. 8, 2015, ordered Terry to conduct a law enforcement background search on...Read more
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