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Harrison Detective Accuses Police Chief Of Sexual Harassment

Harrison Police Chief Mike Olsey
Harrison Police Chief Mike Olsey Photo Credit: Patrick Stapleton

A Harrison police detective has filed an official complaint with the Town of Harrison accusing Police Chief Michael Olsey of sexual harassment, according to News 12.

Detective Derka Abbate told News 12 that she had been harassed for at least six years and says she's not the only woman in the department who is harassed by the chief.

Although Abbate originally asked the town to keep her name anonymous, she has since spoken with News 12 by phone and offered several details of the alleged harassment including saying the chief would send her lewd texts and make sexual comments.

She told News 12 she kept quiet because she was concerned it would affect her husband, who was also a police department with the department.

Abbate, who has been with the department 14 years, told the news station that she finally filed the complaint after the chief allegedly grabbed her buttocks when taking a picture at a children's event.

The detective says she has no plans for a lawsuit, but instead wants the chief to be held accountable for how he treats women, said News 12.

An attempt to reach Olsey and Town Attorney Frank Allegretti were unsuccessful.

Allegretti said in a statement to , that Abbate made a verbal complaint through town human resources last week and had requested to remain anonymous.

He added that the town would not comment further on the matter until it had been investigated.

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