Editor’s observe: The Day by day Advertiser is just not naming the subordinate who stated former Lafayette Police Officer Sgt. Wayne Griffin feels sexually specific messages to guard her from potential retaliation.
Former Lafayette Interim Chief Wayne Griffin despatched sexually specific texts to a subordinate and advised investigators he by no means despatched these messages, which a cellphone analyst decided have been despatched from his cellphone, in line with an Inside Affairs investigation.
Griffin despatched a number of texts from a private cellphone to a subordinate’s private cellphone indicating that he needed to have intercourse together with her and requested about her intercourse life. Griffin and his lawyer prompt the messages have been fabricated with a third-party utility.
However a cellphone analyst decided Griffin felt the messages utilizing his Apple account, one thing that may be nearly unimaginable to fabricate, the analyst stated in his report.
Lafayette Consolidated Authorities beforehand redacted paperwork associated to the investigation to some extent the place most of its contents weren’t readable.
The investigation and interviews with Griffin and witnesses have been included as proof for a listening to with the Lafayette Hearth and Police Civil Service Board on Wednesday.
Throughout that listening to, Griffin and his lawyer Allyson Melancon will argue LPD’s Inside Affairs and Human Assets Director Rick Zeno did not adjust to the minimal requirements for a legislation enforcement officer underneath investigation, in line with Melancon’s pre-hearing submitting.
She argued as a result of these requirements weren’t met, the self-discipline must be nullified and Griffin ought to get his job again.
The Day by day Advertiser has reached out to Melancon for additional remark.
griffin was dismissed in January after being positioned on depart in October when LCG obtained a sexual grievance towards him. On the time, he had been appointed interim chief of police after Lafayette Mayor-President Josh Guillory abruptly fired Chief Thomas Glover, Sr.
Griffin, a 19-year division veteran, was solely within the place about two weeks earlier than the grievance was introduced ahead. hey was stripped of the interim title and returned to his earlier rank of sergeant in January however remained on depart till he was fired.
Maj. Monte Potier, who has been with the division since 1993, has been accountable for the division’s operations since Griffin was positioned on depart. Town remains to be working to switch Glover.
‘So I’ve a query’
The subordinate advised one other officer that she had obtained unsolicited sexual textual content messages from Griffin whereas he was her supervisor. She requested the officer to not inform anybody what she stated, in line with the investigation.
However the officer reported what the subordinate stated and an investigation was launched. The officer stated in his report he was not submitting a grievance, solely reporting what had been disclosed to him.
The girl advised Inside Affairs investigators that Griffin began to make sexual remarks to her in March 2021. He would make feedback about her look. She stated he would carry up a coaching journey they took with one other officer in October 2016 and he advised her he regretted not having the chance to have intercourse together with her on that journey, in line with the investigation.
Griffin would ask the lady about her sexual exercise, together with when she final had intercourse, the subordinate advised investigators. He would say her unhealthy perspective by her was as a result of she had not had intercourse, in line with the paperwork.
The girl stated she did not report the harassment as a result of she feared shedding her place or her job, in line with an interview with investigators.
“She was intimidated by Interim Chief Griffin as a result of him being her supervisor who generated efficiency evaluations on her,” investigators wrote of their report. “She suggested that she performed alongside together with her advances as a result of she noticed how he beforehand embarrassed one other feminine worker.”
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In April 2021, Griffin despatched the lady a textual content that stated, “So I’ve a query.” The girl replied, “Certain, what’s up?”
Griffin replied, “Is the p—- even good? #askingforafriend.”
“In fact it’s,” she responded. “If the precise (eggplant emoji) makes it good and (water drops emoji).”
Just a few texts later, Griffin requested the lady if he may get an “out of the bathe pic additionally.” The girl advised investigators she had despatched a textual content to him in January that was meant for an additional individual. Within the textual content, she stated she would instantly sneak an image as soon as she was out of the bathe however apologized for sending the textual content to the incorrect individual.
The girl responded to Griffin’s request and stated, “Oh u do not forget that.” He stated he did and when she sat a laughing face emoji, he replied “#ready.”
The girl stated to look his request, she felt an image of her again. She was sitting in her bra and underwear. Her face is just not within the photograph.
She advised investigators she despatched the image as a result of Griffin would usually ask her for bare photographs and she or he thought sending it will placate him. She additionally advised them she responded the way in which she did to her advances as a result of she “didn’t wish to anger (Griffin) and presumably jeopardize her place.”
“She additional suggested that whereas she by no means knowledgeable him of her discomfort, she did really feel uncomfortable,” the investigators wrote of their report.
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The girl stated the sexual conversations continued in individual and in textual content. In a single occasion, Griffin requested her in individual why she would not have intercourse with him, in line with the paperwork. She advised him she did not wish to change the dynamics of their friendship.
Then he adopted up with a textual content in July 2021. “Downside is… I kno u received that good. I’ve inquired,” he texted, in line with the paperwork. After she responded that just one individual on the police division may touch upon that, Griffin texted, “you set that factor on me you is likely to be doing your personal evals lol.”
The girl responded with a laughing emoji. Griffin texted, “Proper. What’s up with a ‘large woman’ pic. Sorry. Hennessy (cognac) simply texted that.”
Throughout his interview with investigators, Griffin denied sending the textual content messages or receiving the image of the lady. He stated he by no means threatened his subordinate’s job or tried sexual advances of any nature, in line with the investigation.
When requested why the lady would make an allegation towards him, Griffin stated she didn’t make the accusation till after her job duties have been modified however stated these modifications got here on the route of Guillory and his administration.
Human Assets director advised investigators Guillory stated Griffin was advised of points with the lady however not mandated to vary her job duties.
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He stated he received a brand new cellphone a few month earlier than the investigation and did not have textual content messages from earlier than then.
Griffin’s lawyer, Melancon, prompt to investigators the textual content messages might have been manipulated by a third-party app that enables customers to vary the title and origin cellphone quantity.
Each the lady’s and Griffin’s telephones have been analyzed by an worker with Forensic Information Corp., a 3rd social gathering that makes a speciality of the forensic examination of digital units.
Forensic Information Corp. advised Inside Affairs investigators that after analyzing the lady’s cellphone, he decided the messages have been legit and couldn’t have been manufactured by an app, in line with the paperwork.
The examiner stated he didn’t know of a service that may enable iMessages, which may be exchanged between two iPhone customers, to be manufactured.
He examined Griffin’s cellphone however the cellphone was arrange in August and there was no information pertinent to the investigation.
What occurred after the investigation?
Inside Affairs investigators concluded Griffin violated 5 sections of the division’s common orders: skilled conduct and duties; self-discipline division; inner investigation, duty of division personnel to cooperate; circumstances of employment; and anti-harassment and anti-discrimination.
They didn’t maintain that Griffin violated the division’s sexual harassment coverage, however the anti-harassment and anti-discrimination coverage outlines sexual harassment as a kind of harassment.
He was fired on Jan. 20.
Griffin and his lawyer appealed his termination to the Lafayette Hearth and Police Civil Service Board, which can hear arguments and may uphold the self-discipline, supply lesser self-discipline or determine no self-discipline ought to have been handed down.
Melancon wrote in her submitting that Griffin was not given a chance to handle allegations aside from the allegation of sexual harassment, regardless of reserving the precise to take action. She stated there had been no pre-disciplinary listening to associated to the allegations for which he was fired.
“Merely acknowledged, he was by no means investigated for the issues he was terminated for and no self-discipline was rendered for the factor he was investigated for,” Melancon wrote.
As a part of her proof, Melancon filed almost three dozen commendations Griffin has obtained whereas a police officer.
The board meets at 9 am Wednesday within the council assembly room at metropolis corridor.
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