Days after resignation, report suggests former UC police chief acted 'inappropriately'

Days after resignation, report suggests former UC police chief acted 'inappropriately'
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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A new report about the former University of Cincinnati police chief implies he acted inappropriately while investigating a possible threat of harm to faculty or students.

UC accepted former police chief Anthony Carter's resignation Monday.

On Monday, Fairfield city officials confirmed Carter was among nine applicants to be their next police chief. Fairfield officials hope to name the new chief in February, when longtime chief Michael Dickey retires.

On Friday, UC released a report regarding an investigation into alleged misconduct regarding Carter. The report was put together by Exiger, a company that describes itself on its website as a global authority on regulatory compliance. The company says UC asked for the investigation in October.

The report says Carter improperly injected himself into an investigation of threats between married faculty members, according to our partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The report lists Carter by name, but not others. A husband, a wife, and a boyfriend are also listed in the report.

Below are the conclusions listed in the report:

  • Carter did not take immediate steps to determine a credible bonafide threat of harm to faculty or students
  • Carter unnecessarily injected himself into non-supervisory aspects of the investigation bypassing traditional command and control, heightening his participation only after meeting the wife
  • Carter unnecessarily and inappropriately maintained extended and extensive contact with the wife, beyond investigative imperative
  • Carter, possibly unintentionally, led the wife to believe he was acting on behalf of UC
  • Carter unnecessarily put the wife in fear for her safety, possibly unintentionally, by overstating any danger to her

Carter's attorney Brian Redden says the Exiger report is inaccurate.

"Do you think asking the woman out on a date three different times, was that appropriate? Well, had it happened, had he actually asked her out on a date, we'd be having a different discussion," Redden said. "The fact of the matter is Tony Carter never asked this woman out on a date."

UC wrote a letter of termination to Carter on Nov. 22, according to Carter's personnel file. On Monday, the BHMK law firm sent a letter of disagreement and objection to the Exiger report. The personnel file reveals that Carter then submitted a letter of resignation, also on Monday. UC then wrote back, accepting the resignation.

Redden said Carter is not in danger of losing his badge.

Carter was hired in June 2016. He was part of a new leadership team put in place after a national search. The search came about a year after a UC officer fatally shot Samuel DuBose during a June 2015 traffic stop off-campus. The UC police chief and assistant chief at the time quit amid an external review of the department that found a need for major reforms.

Lt. Col. Maris Herold has been appointed interim UC police chief.

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