A police corporal in Denver has been suspended for making a crude comment about a woman’s breasts – and trying to set up a date with her daughter, city documents show.
Cpl. Adolph Chavez, a veteran officer of 24 years, made “inappropriate remarks” to a woman who was arrested in June and then tried to start a romantic relationship with her adult daughter, whom he called a “babe” while setting up a time for the woman to retrieve her mother’s forgotten cellphone, the Denver Post reports.
“An officer of Corporal Chavez’s experience and rank should be familiar with the concepts of professionalism and conflicts of interest,” a Denver Department of Public Safety official wrote in a letter obtained by the newspaper through a records request.
Chavez had been training a police recruit when they picked up a woman arrested by other officers and transported her to a police station. Along the way, the woman asked Chavez to call her daughter to tell her what transpired, the newspaper reports.
The corporal then asked the woman while inside a police station processing room if she had anything in her bra.
“Nope, nothing that isn’t supposed to be in there,” the woman replied, according to the letter.
“But boobs?” Chavez said.
“Yeah,” the woman giggled.
The corporal later realized that the woman forgot her cellphone in the back of his police cruiser, so he called her daughter to set up a time for her to pick it up. But Chavez forgot to bring the device to the station’s front desk and texted the woman’s daughter to say he was sorry, the newspaper reports.
After the woman’s daughter replied to thank Chavez, the corporal took the conversation in another direction, according to the disciplinary letter.
“I will make it up,” Chavez texted the woman’s daughter. “I’m sorry babe. I got busy and totally forgot.”
The couple then kept texting and swapped photos until the corporal asked the woman on a date one day after she picked up her mother’s phone. The woman appeared to be interested until Chavez told her he wasn’t separated from his wife, prompting her to end the conversation, the newspaper reports.
Chavez will now serve a three-day suspension – the maximum penalty allowed – for violating his oath to serve with “honesty, zeal, courage, discretion, fidelity and sound judgment,” according to the disciplinary letter.
Chavez declined to comment when reached by The Post early Thursday, including whether he’s still married to Paula Plato, a woman who identifies herself as his spouse on Facebook. The couple appears to have two children together, previous posts indicate.
A message seeking comment from Denver police was not immediately returned.
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