In the wake of this #MeToo movement that is being exposed all over our country, I feel an unmatched level of compulsion to finally discuss the sexual harassment and abuse I suffered at the hands of the Village of Round Lake Beach in Illinois in 2004 and 2005 while working as a Police Officer for the village.
As a man, I did not see the importance of pursuing this, as males are rarely seen as victims of sexual misconduct, especially at the hands of anyone in a supervisory position or position of power. Yet our society has become one of where women can openly attack men and accuse them, without regard of their own involvement towards sexually inappropriate behavior.
As a much younger man in 2005, I did not see how this affected me and walked away from a fight that I should have dug my heels into as a sign that the actions of those in positions of power would no longer be tolerated.
Bottom line is that I didn’t have sex with a village trustee and it cost me my job. She got pissed and made sure they came after me.
I hold then Chief of Police Douglass Larsson, Mayor Richard Hill and Lt. David Hare fully accountable for the actions they allowed and failed to prevent after bringing my detailed accounts of what had happened, to their attention.
The facts are simple:
I did not engage in sexual intercourse with then Village of Round Lake Beach Trustee Gina Miosi in the summer of 2004 as per her request.
I did not entertain the sexual advances or comments of then Trustees Gina Miosi and Sue Butler in 2004. I was threatened with punishment and discipline by both Chief of Police Round Lake Beach Douglas Larsson and then Round Lake Beach village attorney in October of 2005, which lead to my resignation from the village of Round Lake Beach as a police officer on November 1st 2005.
I brought these issues up to my Command Staff, then Sgt Gil River and Lt Dave Hare on January 17th 2005 in a department memo, after an incident involving Trustees Miosi, Butler and Mayor Richard Hill and an off duty Vernon Hills Police Officer while at the Buffalo Wild Wings, 500 E Rollins Rd, Round Lake Beach Police report number 2004-16084 in which I refused to make an arrest in which Butler and Miosi ordered me to make.
Incident 2004-16084 consisted of myself and another officer responding to 500 E Rollins Rd for a disturbance in progress involving village officials.
Upon arrival, I made contact with Gina Miosi and Sue Butler and was ordered by Miosi to perform an arrest on a subject, later identified as an off duty Vernon Hills police officer who had come in contact with her. The entire incident is available via the incident report, including my involvement and my making immediate request for supervisor Sgt Gil Rivera and turning the investigation over to him.
July 4th 2004. Afternoon shift 1500-2300 hrs. While on duty and on patrol, Trustees Sue Butler and Gina Miosi requested a ride from me, in my squad car, from the area of 1947 Municipal Way, Round Lake Beach, to a destination blocked off for an outside party in the Fox Chase subdivision. After exiting my squad car, Miosi requested my phone number so she could call me after my shift and have me come over to her residence alone. This was done in the presence of Butler, who stated, “Gina, he’s cute but too young for you.”
July 10th 2004. Afternoon shift, 1500-2300 hrs. While on duty and on foot patrol in the area of 1947 Municipal Way, Round Lake Beach for a festival, I was standing next to officer Wayne Wilde and conducting a premise check / walk through of the festival. While at the festival and in the presence of officer Wilde, I heard my name called, “Yoo hoo! Dominick!” and observed Sue Butler and Gina Miosi waving at me. After waiving back, Butler shouted to me, “get your clothes off right now and get in that dunk tank! I would love to see you with your shirt off!” I did not respond or comply.
November 23rd 2004. Afternoon shift 1500-2300 hrs. I was made aware by then Sgt Gil Rivera that Trustee Sue Butler had stated to Chief Douglas Larssen that I had been pursuing Trustee Gina Miosi in personal manner while on duty. This information came about after the completed investigation of incident 2004-16084 in which I refused to arrest the subject in which was the focus of the initial investigation.
January 16th 2005. Fire Dept Officer Joe Couture of the Round Lake Area Fire Department stated that Trustee Gina Miosi was at a village event on January 15th, 2005 with several village officials in which Miosi stated that she would use her authority to remove me from the Village of Round Lake Beach Police Department. Couture stated he believed her statement to come from my failure to adhere to her request to arrest and failure to engage in sexual activity with Miosi.
The events and timeline were first made known to my Sgt Gil Rivera, Lt Dave Hare and Chief Douglas Larsson on 11/26/2004. I was advised by Larsson in his office that I was “making a big deal out of nothing” and that community members who were elected officials usually let power and authority go to their heads.
I made Sgt Rivera, Lt Hare and Chief Larsson fully aware of the incident via a department issued memo on 1/17/2005 after the 1/16/2005 incident with Fire Officer Couture. After submitting the memo, I was advised by Chief Larsson that I was again, blowing things out of proportion and to drop the matter. I was subject to stress, fear for job safety and inner conflict for several months after this suggestion to drop the matter.
At the end of an all-hands meeting on 9/30/2005, I was advised to write a memo regarding the full intent of my request, as I had answered “yes” to a department questionnaire as to if I was aware of any incidents of sexual harassment within the last 360 days and that I had wanted an investigation conducted as myself being the victim.
On 10/07/2005 at 0900 hrs I was interrogated by village officials, including then village attorney, regarding the matter. I was denied union representation, as FOP rep officer Sandy Molidor was ordered to leave the room and told, “he isn’t entitled to representation.”
I refused to answer any of the village’s questions, fearing the unorthodox methodology of the procedure and was threatened disciplinary action by the attorney and Chief Larsson, including possible termination, for not cooperating.
I was advised I was under investigation for breaking chain of command and not notifying the village attorney first, and going to my immediate supervisor Sgt Gil Rivera.
Upon photo copying the Round Lake Beach Police Dept policy and procedure, highlighting my correct chain of command, I returned to the conference room to find the village attorney and Gina Miosi discussing the incident in which I was the complainant against Miosi as a victim of her inappropriate sexual conduct and observed both of them laughing at the incident.
I submitted my resignation from the Round Lake Beach Police Dept to be effective November 1st, 2005 and was never given an exit interview.
This is the factual account of the events that occurred while I was an active Police Officer for the Village of Round Lake Beach.
I was a candidate for the K9 program in 2005, however suddenly removed from contention after my notification to my command staff of the incident.
I was shunned from all command, except Sgt Rivera who had actively and continually used his position to fully investigate the incident and mentor me in a positive aspect to ensure that my continued service for the village was unaffected and remained productive.
The incident and conduct of Chief Douglas Larsson and Lt Dave Hare towards me included minor discipline and passive aggressive emotional attacks which made the job impossible to continue without daily fear of discipline.
It’s been 13 years and I let it go. The daily petty behavior, threat of discipline and psychological warfare that police command is well versed in towards their officers is an epidemic in Law Enforcement. Common citizens have no idea how police command will silence officers to prevent exposure to their own misconduct.
Most all discipline in police departments towards officers is out of personality conflict and a desire to silence an officer instead of being towards actual productivity, lack of or credible warranted documenting their performance.
I removed my opinions from this and kept the time line factual, names accurate and my account as it was back in 2005.
There is an epidemic in law enforcement and among women who attack men openly, attack their character and integrity, without being held responsible for their own actions.
I refused to stay silent any longer. Had I told a village employee to come to my house, get in a dunk take with her clothes off or threaten to use my authority to get them fired, I would have been all over the news. Hypocrisy is safe against women it seems.