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A top officer at the Washington Metropolitan Police Department was on the verge of losing his job after a lawsuit was filed alleging he had sexual relations with a civilian.
The lawsuit alleges that the officer, identified as Deputy Chief Kenneth Odeh, allegedly had sex with a woman during an off-duty shift.
He was fired by the department in November.
A source told The Associated Press that the woman alleged she had consensual sex with Odehl, the chief of police, in January.
The source spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
The woman, who was not named in the lawsuit, is a civilian who works for the department, but the complaint states she is also a friend of Odehs ex-wife.
The Washington Metropolitan Transit Police Department said it has been unable to comment on the allegations.
Odehn was hired in January 2016, but was fired shortly thereafter, according to the lawsuit.
Odeh is also being sued by his ex-fiancee.
She was also fired from her job at a nearby transit agency and sued Odehr and the police department.
In a statement, the department said it is aware of the allegations and is cooperating with the investigation.
“We have zero tolerance for sexual harassment and the women we work with are entitled to equal employment opportunities,” the statement said.
The suit filed on Wednesday alleges that Odehy had sexual relationships with the woman while working on his off-hours shift, which was also when he allegedly had oral sex with her.
The complaint claims that the alleged victim told Odehi she was a lesbian and wanted to marry him, according the complaint.
The alleged victim has requested that her name not be used, according a statement from the woman’s attorney.
Odesh was first placed on administrative leave in December and was then reinstated in February.
The suit also alleges that he sexually harassed and intimidated another civilian employee in his off hours.