by Amber Randall
A former police officer accused a lieutenant with the New Boston Police Department of sexually harassing her and ranking female drivers based on “rapability,” according to a civil suit.
Former New Boston police officer Alexandra Drake also alleged that when she complained about Lt. Michael Masella’s inappropriate behavior, the department fired her for “false, slanderous, and libelous allegations,” reports the New York Daily News.
“The defendants either personally sanctioned, oversaw, aided and abetted or tolerated a pattern of sexual harassment against Drake; they retaliated against Drake for reporting unlawful conduct in that they failed to address Drake’s legitimate request for complaints to be investigated,” the lawsuit states.
Drake, a first-time police officer, also claimed that she lived in fear of getting on Masella’s bad side and that the “slightest slip could make her a target of severe harassment, termination of employment or even rape.”
Masella developed a “rapability” scale for the female drivers he pulled over, according to the lawsuit. He allegedly told Drake that he wanted to rape the women he pulled over, rather than giving out citations.
Drake also claimed that Masella, a married man, made inappropriate advances towards her. When Drake ran into Masella while exercising, Masella made a comment about her sweatpants that had “Pink” written on the back.
“Are you trying to get the guys to look at your ass?” Masella allegedly asked her.
The lawsuit also maintains that Masella tried to get Drake to go on vacation with him in Florida and also showed up at her house without permission and asked if she was naked.
According to the lawsuit, Masella made Drake alter a DUI report, which was later used as reason to fire Drake. After the DUI report, the department put Drake under review and then fired her.
She alleges that she has not been able to find another job in law enforcement since.
The New Boston Police Department said it “strongly denies all accusations” and a lawyer for Masella said he believes that Drake made up the claims to “explain her termination.”
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