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February 3, 2013

Auxiliary Police Chief disciplined for sexual harassment


Among those allegations, former auxiliary Lt. Chris Cresta said Jackson on many occasions “commented on my “fat Italian (buttocks).”

“Continuous jokes pertaining to the size of (officers’) genitalia, the weight of other officers and inappropriate comments about how muscular officers are and the size of their rear ends,” former auxiliary Lt. Richard Tirado wrote.

“By his own admission, Chief Jackson stated that he did in fact use the language in question during conversations with officers he was supervising,” DeFusco wrote in his report to Police Chief John Romero. “He did so because, incorrectly, he felt in the relaxed atmosphere, that it was appropriate. However, clearly it was not.”

In an interview last week, Jackson said the allegations were made by disgruntled former officers seeking revenge because he had fired them from the force or had disciplined them while they served.

“The allegations were brought by four officers months after they were no longer with the Lawrence Auxiliary Police Department,” Jackson said. He said one was fired and three others resigned at a time when they were either suspended or under investigation for misconduct.

He would not comment on the substance of the allegations.

Romero endorsed DeFusco’s findings, but suggested he is satisfied with Jackson’s performance.

“The auxiliary performs a vital function for the Police Department and Jay Jackson has been a part of that for 30 years,” Romero said.

Jackson joined the auxiliary force 40 years ago and has been chief for 26.

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