A lieutenant in the NYPD office tasked with stopping workplace harassment and discrimination has been accused of sexually harassing a subordinate and sending her a photo of a penis, police sources said Tuesday.
Lt. Jose Briceno, the integrity control officer at the NYPD’s Office of Equity and Inclusion, has been suspended without pay as the department investigates the female officer’s complaint, sources said.
It’s the latest scandal to rock the office.
Earlier this year, Deputy Inspector James Kobel, the former commanding officer of the Equal Employment Opportunity Division, a sub-unit of the Office of Equity and Inclusion, was fired after a probe revealed he made hundreds of racist and sexist posts on an online message board.
“It’s outrageous that the office tasked with ensuring people are treated fairly has this much controversy coming out it,” one police source familiar with the investigation said Tuesday. “You can’t make this up. The integrity control officer sent a d—k pic to a subordinate female.”
Briceno is accused of touching the officer’s hips, back, shoulders and hair, and making comments about her weight, police sources said.
The officer made her complaint last week, and the NYPD suspended him a day later, sources said.
Briceno, 40, joined the NYPD in July 2004 and joined the Office of Equity and Inclusion in 2019.
He most recently underwent sexual harassment awareness and prevention training in July, NYPD records show.
Briceno did not comment when contacted Tuesday night. The lieutenant’s union declined to comment.