Posted 9:48 PM 6/24/2013 : TFD Captain cleared of sexual assault charges
TUCSON - A Tucson Fire Captain facing misdemeanor charges for allegedly sexually assaulting and harassing a paramedic has now been cleared.
Sloan Tamietti received word Monday the three misdemeanor charges he was facing had been dropped.
The charges stemmed from an incident on November 9, 2012, when former TFD paramedic Cody Jenkins claimed Tamietti sexually assaulted him on three occasions. Sloan Tamietti called it horseplay and roughhousing, a normal part of life in a Tucson firehouse.
Charges were filed. The Tucson Fire Department determined Tamietti behaved "inappropriately."
The department supended and demoted Tamietti, but last month the city's Civil Service Commission ruled the punishment was excessive and restored Tamietti to full rank of captain.
On Monday, all charges were dropped. Sloan Tamietti's attorney, Mike Storie said his client was justifiably cleared.
"I think what they did was review what happened in the civil service hearing and reviewed the testimony and just saw that it was an unwinnable case at trial," he said.
The Tucson Fire Department has kept it's distance from a case that has clearly embarrassed the department.
In a statement Chief Jim Critchley said, "Captain Tamietti received a 15-day suspension for his inappropriate behavior. This 15-day suspension was imposed by the Civil Service Commission. The outcome of any criminal charges were not a matter for the fire department, and did not have any impact on his discipline."
While it may have cost TFD's image, the price to the city was $125,000. That was part of a settlement with Cody Jenkins who filed a $500,000 lawsuit against the City of Tucson. City Councilman, Steve Kozachik, says the way Tamietti's fellow firefighters defended his behavior in the civil service hearing, could have cost the city a lot more.
"When all the employees are saying, hey everybody is doing it, the other side is saying, well if that is true than we are going to go after you for a hostile work environment situation", Kozachik said, "so absolutely we did the right thing. we saved the taxpayers money by settling this thing as early in the process as possible," he said.
Sloan Tamietti's 15-day suspension was without pay. After the Civil Service Commission's decision Captain Tamietti returned to work at his original fire house.
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