Woman Officer Struggles To Get Investigation Into Semen Filled water Bottle
“We have to change something in this department,” she said. “It’s not OK, but sexual harassment happens in this department every day. As women and as cops, we get tough skins and shrug it off, but it’s not going to happen this time.”
Yesenia Maida says the bottle was discovered by a 12-year-old girl stopped by to help clean out her office, which was mortifying.
“I couldn’t believe it,you couldn’t make up that something like this happened. I feel extremely violated and fear for my safety at the precinct,” Maida, 44, a youth officer at the 52nd Precinct in Norwood, explained. “I’m going into work, looking around and thinking, who could have this to me?” The married mother of two — whose husband works in the same precinct — reported it the next day and claims she almost immediately got pushback from the Internal Affairs Bureau, who she said declined to investigate at first.
“They’re telling me that someone ejaculates or puts some foreign substance in my water bottle at a police facility and nothing is going to get done about it?” she said. “I was very upset.”
After some pressure from Maida’s commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Thomas Alps, IAB launched an investigation and took the water bottle to be tested. So far the issue has not been resolved. SMH.