Police chief covers up rape cases and calls the victims ‘whores’By Mason White 2:20 PM July 22, 2015
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By: Mahesh Sarin
A lawsuit was filed against a police department after its chief allegedly covered up rape cases and called the victims whores, according to court documents in Ohio.
Put-in-Bay Police Chief Robert Lampela, 53, was named in two lawsuits filed on Friday, at the U.S. District Court in Toledo.
Two women allege that they were not allowed to file criminal complaints after they were drugged and sexually assaulted by a police officer.
Lampela repeatedly harassed them when they complained, and put a gun to one of the women’s head, saying that he is the god of Put-in-Bay.
When one of the women obtained a confession of her attacker, Lampela said: “No whores will take down my department.”
Lampela was arrested for covering up the rapes. He was charged with dereliction of duty, forgery and menacing. The police officer who raped the women in separate incidents, was never charged.
The women alleged that they were drugged and raped by the same officer in separate incidents.