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Three’s Company: NYPD officer seeking $15M alleging boss demanded threesome

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NYPD Officer Maribel Sarante and Sgt. Freddy Lopez.
NYPD Officer Maribel Sarante and Sgt. Freddy Lopez.


A New York officer claims her sergeant demanded that she have a threesome with he and his wife — then falsely accused her of tampering with her timesheet when she refused, court documents show.

Manhattan Officer Maribel Sarante says her alleged lecherous boss, Sgt. Freddy Lopez, began acting out at their Seventh Precinct station house on the Lower East Side in early 2015, according to her notice of claim, a precursor to a $15 million lawsuit.

The New York Post reports Lopez started acting out when he became Sarante’s boss.

“When he became my squad sergeant, he started making comments and asked me if I would do a threesome with his wife,” Sarante, 42, said.

“He knew I was married and had kids, and I wouldn’t answer him.”

It appears Sarante is not the only beneficiary of Lopez’ lewd behavior.

Lopez, 47, acted crassly toward other female underlings, too, allegedly telling one cop to “stop playing with her p—y and report to the desk,” according to the court documents.

He also once made a crude sexual joke during roll call, says Sarante, a 15-year department veteran.

“Lopez placed a plastic glove over his hand and stated, ‘I’m here to do a cavity search, who wants one?’ He then picked up two apples and one banana to form the shape of a penis, while laughing,” her claim alleges.

Like many of these stories go, once Sarante refused his vile advances, he began taking any action he could to make her life miserable. He started reporting her to the department’s Internal Affairs Bureau claiming she was “stealing time” with her partner, according to the legal notice.

Sarante said she tried to work within the chain-of-command to resolve the issues with Lopez, but her concerns fell on deaf ears. She said she filed two, formal complaints, but the NYPD determined the sexual harassment claims were not serious enough to constitute employment discrimination.

Sarante’s lawyer touches on what he believes is the root of the problem.

“Sexual harassment is a huge problem within the police department, and they don’t take it seriously, and that’s why it keeps on happening,” Sarante’s lawyer, Eric Sanders, told The New York Post.

Sarante said she was reluctant at first to come forward about the incidents.

“When you work for the police department, you’re afraid to say anything. I got sick over all this. I lost 25 pounds,” she said.

More than anything, Sarante wants to make sure people like Lopez don’t take aim at other women who are just trying to do their jobs and go home.

 

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