An NYPD captain is being sued by a female detective for allegedly sending her pictures of his penis and engaging in other forms of sexual harassment over 18 months.
Capt. Brian Flynn was transferred to the NYPD’s 50th Precinct in the Bronx in April 2021, says the lawsuit filed Wednesday in Manhattan Supreme Court. Shortly after his transfer, he “began texting and making sexually charged comments in real time” to Detective Michelle Almanzar, the 10-page filing claims.
“Flynn continued to send sexually inappropriate text messages, including pictures of his penis and napkins with ejaculate on them, which appeared to have been taken in his office in the 50s. [Almanzar] on her personal cell phone,” the lawsuit continues.
Ultimately, Flynn sent the detective over 45 sexually explicit or inappropriate images and messages, Almanzar’s attorney Leslee Schwartz told Fox News.
“I have a ton of pictures and text,” the plaintiff’s attorney said. “I sent them 45 of them, and that’s not even all of them.”
The filing also alleges that in addition to the photos of his “penis and ejaculate,” Flynn repeatedly asked the investigator to “go out” with him and send him photos of himself.
Almanzar, in turn, tried to appease her sexual harassment, the lawsuit states, by doing her best to ignore and/or redirect his attention, but that only seemed to make him more aggressive toward her.
After rebuffing him, the lawsuit says, the detective was repeatedly retaliated against by the captain.
“Anytime [Almanzar] tried to block him on her cell phone or told him to stop, he reacted in a negative way and made her stay at the station to make reports about,” the lawsuit alleges. “He would also refuse her requests for personal time for no reason other than she would not allow him to constantly harass her.”
For a while, the detective’s file says, she tried to remedy the tensions caused by her superior’s advances and her denials by pretending to be more accepting of the “relentless” harassment.
“[Almanzar] would often allow him to send her sexually explicit texts because when she tried to get him to stop, not only did she suffer, but he would often take out his frustration on his work partner as well as her team,” the filing states.
But amid all that, the detective says, she never sought out or accepted any preferential treatment from Flynn — including during “one very specific instance” when the captain allegedly sent Almanzar the following text: “I’d give you a commander’s day if you’d just give me your panties.”
Over time, the lawsuit says, Almanzar developed “severe anxiety every time she had to go near his office, which was directly in line with the restroom,” and that her anxiety became so bad “that she refused to even to go to the bathroom alone.”
The detective says she was forced to put up with the captain’s behavior for over a year, despite telling him on numerous occasions that she was married and not interested in him. Finally, the lawsuit says, in November 2022, “after being denied a day off because she had blocked Defendant Captain Flynn and informed him that she would not communicate with him or allow him to continue harassing her,” Almanzar made a formal report.
The lawsuit alleges that other officers would try to get her to “just keep him happy,” that all members of Flynn’s “team” were aware of the harassment, and that there was a general feeling of defending the captain’s actions within the 50th. area — and minimize his behavior throughout the broader NYPD.
From the lengthy trial:
On or about January 13, 2023, the day after Plaintiff’s meeting with [Internal Affairs]she arrived at the 50th Precinct to find one of the sergeants yelling at her in front of several other detectives and officers, “You couldn’t just keep him happy, look, we’re all under scrutiny.”
Stunned by his words, Plaintiff questioned why a warrant was reporting [sic] had not self-reported the activity, she was told, “We figured you’d like it.”
Since November 2022, when Plaintiff first notified Defendant NYPD of Defendant Captain Flynn’s misconduct, Plaintiff has been completely kept out of any investigation, other than learning “through the grapevine” that Defendant Captain Flynn was being disciplined for something that was not was related to her complaints.
Defendant NYPD and NYC have taken no action to ensure that Defendant Flynn does not harass any other female employee.
“The department does not tolerate sexual harassment and is committed to respectful work environments for our diverse workforce,” the NYPD said in a statement to multiple media outlets regarding the lawsuit. “The NYPD thoroughly investigates all complaints it receives and offers multiple reporting options for NYPD officers, including anonymously.”
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