Secretary: Carol Lawlor didn't act on harassment claim

"Lt. Cox was definitely aware of this situation because I had spoken with him about this," Dygert said in the sworn statement. "I also definitely spoke with Carol Lawlor about this, but she was no help in stopping the constant sexual harassment."

"This is a sworn statement under the threat of perjury," Grimm said. " I think she's the voice of millions of women in that position."

Lawlor said the matter has been closed by the New York State Police.

"I am confident that the state police handled the investigation adequately, and I am not going to reopen this," Lawlor said.

She said she was speaking on behalf of the entire Guilderland Police Department.

Cox said he became aware of Dygert's complaints only after the investigation began, and said Dygert did not approach him about the issue beforehand.

"Not to my knowledge. I don't believe she came to me," Cox said.

He also said he is available for any hearing the town might have.

"I'm available for anybody at any time," Cox said, adding he also believed the state police handled the investigation thoroughly.

In the deposition, Dygert claimed Murley had made advances, inviting her to vacation in Martha's Vineyard with him, as well as inappropriate gestures and comments to her about her appearance.

"He would constantly stare at me and many other females from head to toe and literally drool while looking directly at women's breasts," Dygert said in the statement.

Dygert claimed she was afraid to confront him for fear of retribution toward her or her husband.

She also wrote in the deposition that Murley often spoke about gambling at the Turning Stone Casino in the Oneida Nation and one time even asked to borrow money from Lawlor. She claims he took extended weekends, often not showing up for work for days at a time.

Grimm also said he wants to find out how the restitution amount was derived and why the investigation only covered up to 2004, as Murley resigned as chief in 2007.


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