BELLAIRE – A federal civil rights complaint has been amended to include Bellaire Police Chief Dick Flanagan as a defendant.
According to a copy of the amended complaint, filed June 29 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Flanagan was named a defendant, along with the existing defendants the Village of Bellaire, Bellaire Police Officer Gene Grimm and the Bellaire Police. Department.
The initial complaint against Grimm claimed that he forced a woman to commit a sexual act to him in exchange for not being arrested for having a crack pipe in his purse. This would have happened in February 2021.
According to the amended complaint, in May 2019 another woman told Flanagan that Grimm was forcing her to commit a sexual act or else he would have the children taken away.
The Times Leader does not publish either woman’s name due to the sexual nature of the matter.
The first woman told Flanagan that Grimm had forced her to have sex for some time and that she was fed up.
Flanagan reportedly told the first woman that he would look into the matter and do something about it. However, Grimm reportedly continued to demand sexual favors until June 2019. The woman believed nothing was going to be done about Grimm’s behavior and that Flanagan tolerated it, according to the complaint.
“Fearing that the worst would happen, (she) left the state of Ohio to get away from them both”, the complaint says.
The complaint also states: “The de facto policies and / or customs alleged in this complaint, separately and together, are the immediate cause of the harm suffered by the complainants, as the defendant Grimm had good reason to believe that his misconduct would not be revealed or reported. by anyone, or that he would be immune from any kind of disciplinary action, although his conduct was in fact reported to the accused Flanagan regarding (the first woman).
“Defendant Flanagan knew, or should have known, investigating (the first woman’s) report that would have prevented what happened to (the second woman). “
The complaint demands a jury trial.
Grimm was put on paid leave.
Flanagan declined to comment on his appointment as a defendant on Tuesday, adding that the village had not been notified of the amended complaint. When the village is informed, Flanagan said, he expects the village lawyer to issue a statement.
Village attorney Michael Shaheen said Tuesday evening that village leaders have yet to have a chance to discuss the amended complaint.
“”We take each of these allegations very seriously,Shaheen said via text message. “Due to the timing of the amended complaint, we have not yet had an opportunity to discuss the content with Chief Flanagan. The same will apply at the latest at the next board meeting.
The village council of Bellaire meets regularly at 6 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month on the second floor of the municipal building.