Eleven jail employees accused officer under investigation of sexual harassment in 2012
-- Another nurse said Temple told her she had a nice body and rubbed himself against her. Temple said he may have told the nurse she looked nice but if he touched her, it was unintentional.
-- Another nurse said Temple tried to hold her hand and told her that if she wasn't married, he would follow her home. Temple said he may have held her hand to comfort her but didn't remember the comment about following her home.
-- An officer said Temple told her to turn around so he could look at her behind and made inappropriate comments. Temple acknowledged he may have whispered “sweet nothings, sweet nothings” in the officer's ear and probably asked to look at her backside. But he claimed he meant it as a “joke.”
-- Another officer swore Temple asked her when she would go out with him and asked her to sit in his lap and “see what pops up.” Temple admitted he asked the officer if she wanted to sit in his lap and go for a spin around the jail, but denied saying anything else. And he said he was joking when he talked about going out on a date.
-- And another officer said Temple whispered “sweet nothings, sweet nothings” in her ear. Temple said he did not mean it in a sexual nature.
“Sgt. Temple stated he would often whisper words in the female staff ears in, as he put it, an attempt to ‘lighten the mood,'” according to the records.
Attorney Steve Schroering, who is representing Temple, has not yet seen the 2012 investigation and declined to comment. He also said Temple did not want to comment.
Previously, talking about the current investigation involving inmates, Schroering said Temple “denies any criminal conduct.”
The jail's administrative investigation will be turned over to Director Bolton for possible disciplinary action.
Metro Police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said the department's Public Integrity Unit started its own investigation into Temple on Nov. 24 regarding his conduct with home incarceration inmates. Once completed, she said, it will be turned over to the Jefferson Commonwealth's Attorney's Office for potential charges.
Smiley has declined to discuss details of the investigation.
Temple's personnel file includes disciplinary action taken for only a couple of infractions, giving out the wrong property to an inmate in 2002 and mislabeling the property of two inmates a year later.
However, there were other allegations, which were unsubstantiated.
In 2013, an inmate on home incarceration accused Temple of inappropriate contact after he gave her a ride. A jail investigation, however, concluded there was no proof to that accusation, according to documents in his file.
And the jail exonerated Temple in April 2012 on allegations by a sergeant that Temple had been going to District Court to "assist female inmates in getting released." The investigation looked into whether Temple "granted or promised any inmates special privileges or favors ... and if he expected anything in return," according to documents in his file.
Temple told investigators "he never expected anything in return for helping the female inmates," according to the investigation's conclusion letter.
The internal investigation found Temple had not violated any policies and the allegations stemmed from a "casual conversation" between Temple and the sergeant.
The investigation into Temple's alleged inappropriate conduct comes just more than a year after a Metro Corrections breathalyzer technician quit rather than be fired for improper conduct with female inmates and lying to investigators.
Officer Daniel Lister started or tried to start relationships with several inmates he met at Metro Corrections, using his position to gain contact information and "friending" 18 of the women on Facebook, according to an investigative report by jail officials.
Lister was accused of making contact with several female inmates within days of them being released from jail, having sex with one and spending time with another who had a warrant for her arrest.
The police department talked with Metro Corrections investigators in April and June of 2013, but found nothing that reached the level of criminal charges and declined to investigate Lister, Davis said.
Smiley, the police spokesperson, also said one woman complained to police about Lister, but the investigation ended when she dropped her complaint.
During the past two years, 52 of the approximately 87 completed DUI cases involving Lister were amended down or dismissed, according to a WDRB review. Prosecutors couldn't say how many of those were directly related to breathalyzer issues.
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