Fort Smith Police Release Name Of Officer Suspended After Sexual Harassment Complaint

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FORT SMITH (KFSM) -- The Fort Smith Police Department announced the name of the suspended police officer that was under investigation following a sexual harassment complaint.

Officer Scott Gordon was suspended without pay for a period of 30 calendar days. He returned to work from his suspension on Oct. 30, according to Fort Smith Police Sgt. Daniel Grubbs.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge stated the police department began an internal investigation on Sept. 16, 2015 after “a female officer in training filed a complaint regarding sexual harassment involving her assigned training officer.”

The woman spoke with a detective with the Fort Smith Police Department the same day of the incident.

"He said that he wanted to have sex with me and he wanted to have an affair," she told the detective. "He said, 'My marital relations, my status right now -- the offer is on the table. You think about it,' and I told him no."

According to a release from the police department, Chief Kevin Lindsey came to the decision after the investigation revealed Gordon had violated "department rules and regulations and policies and procedures."

Gordon has been with the department since April 2008, the release stated.

The release of this information is a result of the completion of the appeal process, the existence of compelling public interest, and the opinion of the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office, according to the release.


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