Miami-Dade Schools

Female officers settle suits against Miami-Dade schools and former police chief

 

dsmiley@MiamiHerald.com

The Miami-Dade school district has settled two lawsuits by female officers who said the former chief of schools police sexually harassed them for years.

An attorney representing Cmdr. Deanna Fox-Williams and Officer Yewande Gibson announced in court Friday that they’d reached a settlement and agreed to dismiss their cases. The women filed suit in January against former police chief Charles Hurley, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and the Miami-Dade School Board.

The terms of the settlement were not disclosed in court filings, but each party agreed to pay its own attorneys fees.

The women said Hurley had asked them out on dates and then menaced and punished them when they refused his advances over several years.

Hurley denied the allegations. He was reassigned a year ago amid an investigation, and resigned in February after the district moved to demote him.

The district’s investigators ruled he’d behaved inappropriately, but found no evidence he’d sexually harassed the women.

Attorneys representing the two officers, the School Board and Hurley could not be immediately reached for comment.

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