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ST. JOHN Indiana State Police said Tuesday they’re close to wrapping up an investigation that began days before two federal lawsuits were filed alleging a now retired St. John police officer sexually harassed two female town employees.
State police were contacted regarding the sexual harassment claims shortly before the lawsuits were filed in early March, Indiana State Police 1st Sgt. Al Williamson said. He declined to say who contacted police.
St. John Town Council President Michael Forbes said at a March council meeting that officials took the allegations seriously and acted upon them immediately.
The women’s lawsuits name former police Cmdr. Michael Fryzel, Police Chief Fred Frego and Town Manager Steve Kil.
The women allege Fryzel sexually battered and/or harassed them on multiple occasions between 2013 and March 2015. The women claim Frego and Kil violated their constitutional right to free speech and conspired to obstruct justice and intimidate them from causing charges or an external complaint to be filed against Fryzel.
A total of three women, including the two who brought lawsuits, have filed Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaints against the town, according to documents their attorney, Christopher Cooper,
provided to The Times in March.
Matthew Hinkle, an attorney for Fryzel, filed a motion in April asking that the plaintiffs’ complaints be stricken unless they file more definite statements.
That mediation was set for May 28, but the parties were unable to proceed “due to complicating factors,” court records state.
Attorneys filed motions June 8 saying they exhausted the EEOC’s mediation program and asking that the matter be referred to a magistrate judge for a settlement conference.
Cherry extended the stay and set a settlement conference for Aug. 19. If the conference is unsuccessful, the stay will be lifted and the women will have 28 days to respond to the defendants’ motions, court records state.