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Coral Gables police chief fights sketchy harassment accusations

MiamiHerald / Take a photo of a uniformed police chief with a bunch of female officers in bikinis at a pool party, add a spoonful of old-fashioned small town politics and heat up with anonymous social media posts.

It’s a recipe for a messy sexual harassment investigation in Coral Gables, one that comes amid a national explosion of charges against men in power abusing or harassing women.

In this strange case, however, the city’s head of public safety says none of the 14 female officers at a summertime pool party have accused Gables Police Chief Ed Hudak of doing anything wrong. They want the city to track down whoever posted the photos online, spiced up with what they say are bogus allegations of improper behavior at a staff gathering that included several spouses and children.

It’s already been a costly case for Coral Gables. The city has paid an outside investigator $140 an hour to look into the allegations. Hudak has asked the city to provide him legal counsel, and now Internal Affairs is moving forward with a probe into who wrote the posts.

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