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Denver public safety cadet program manager fired for inappropriate behavior

Posted at 3:26 PM, Sep 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-15 20:32:23-04

DENVER -- Denver's Public Safety Cadet Program director has been relieved of her duties following allegations of bullying and more from multiple cadets. 

A disciplinary letter obtained on Thursday shows a host of reasons as to why Stephanie O'Malley, the executive director of the department of safety, chose to dismiss Kim Fresquez, who had managed the cadet program for years. 

O'Malley wrote to Fresquez that she failed to "serve the community by developing disciplined, educated, and diverse candidates that are team-oriented and physically fit for future public safety employment." 

Fresquez is accused of bullying her subordinates, by using inappropriate language in front of cadets, as well as playing favorites with employees. 

An internal investigation by the city found a host of unprofessional and inappropriate encounters, from inappropriate language, physical touching and favoritism. 

Investigators also found "ample" evidence for forcing cadets to work more than 40 hours each week without receiving overtime -- a legal matter. 

Fresquez reportedly several times used the term "bitch" to refer to individual and multiple women employed by the office. She's accused of other instances of inappropriate language, too. 

In addition to the negative language, investigators also reportedly found Fresquez acted in a "very handsy" manner with men in the program, at times slapping their butts and hugging them. 

According to filed documents, Fresquez admitted to some wrongdoing, expressing regret for some actions. 

The Department of Public Safety released their disciplinary letter -- which can be appealed -- to the public, but declined to comment publicly on the dismissal. 

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