Report details sexual misconduct by former Casselberry police chief

February 6th, 2015 by Staff

McNeil stepped down in October; he had been with the department for 26 years.


(WFTV.COM) CASSELBERRY, Fla. – Eyewitness News was the first to expose a local chief’s alleged sexual misconduct with female officers.
Former Casselberry Police Chief Bill McNeil is now being sued by six people who worked for him at the department.

Channel 9 on Thursday was the first to get a copy of the internal investigation that was completed by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.

WFTV’s Karla Ray broke the story in October after she got a tip the chief was sexting subordinate female officers. He resigned hours after Ray started asking questions.

On Thursday, Ray spent the day going through the nearly 100-page report, which even lists her name because when she found out about the alleged misconduct, she started making calls to city leaders.

In the report, McNeil admits to sending sexual photos and videos to Officer Katrine Zorn, but claims she also sent similar photos back to him.

Zorn is one of six people suing McNeil for discrimination and harassment. The female officer said she received about 100 photos and 50 videos of McNeil, including photos of his penis. She turned over those text conversations to the Sheriff’s Office.

Ray read through other employee accounts and while most say they never felt harassed sexually or otherwise, a current Orange County sheriff’s deputy said she also received a picture of McNeil’s penis on her personal cellphone.
Another female officer told deputies she has wanted to quit her job at least four times as a result of McNeil.

During his interview, McNeil denied misconduct with any other employees, including Erin Daley, who is also suing him.

Daley said he never made sexual advances toward her and that he never asked her to go on a date with him.  Still, deputies found the former top cop failed to demonstrate courtesy and cooperation and that he was sustained of conduct unbecoming and discrimination and harassment.

On Page 72 of the investigation, the city’s human resources director admitted to receiving notification about harassment by McNeil, but it wasn’t enough to launch an investigation before he resigned.

They plan to send the report off to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.


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