Five Resign, One Suspended After Sexual Misconduct Investigation

Five Resign, One Suspended After Sexual Misconduct Investigation

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Five Utah County Jail employees have resigned and another was suspended without pay after an investigation found numerous instances of sexual misconduct.

The employees, whose names were not released by the department, included three deputies, one sergeant and two civilians. One of the civilians was suspended without pay but not fired because his role in the misconduct was not as egregious, said Sheriff Jim Tracy.

Five of the jail employees were men, and one was a woman.

No laws were broken, but the workers would have faced termination if they hadn't resigned.

"These were inappropriate acts between co-workers," Tracy told the Provo Daily Herald on Friday. "They were all consenting adults, but that doesn't make it right."

Tracy began the investigation earlier this month after a supervisor reported that sexual misconduct may have occurred at the jail.

The sheriff said the incidents began at least eight to 10 months before the investigation started. Tracy finished the investigation last week.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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