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St. Amand's attorney says Wolosz's account lacks credibility. "Masturbating is not something that happens in seconds," Vereen submits. "What the hell was she doing in there?" He also wonders why she didn't leave the room, and more important, why she didn't report the alleged incidents to her superiors.
Wolosz answers that she didn't do anything because she didn't want to go through the embarrassment of recounting what she had seen. But she did tell a friend at the police department. In late May that friend mentioned to a sergeant what had allegedly happened to Wolosz, and the sergeant immediately reported it to the department's Internal Affairs Unit and to the State Attorney's Office. Wolosz says when she was summoned by investigators this past month, she reluctantly agreed to provide a statement. She asserts she was told her name would remain confidential, but within days everyone in the department was talking about her allegations. "I'm humiliated because now everybody knows and nothing is going to be done," she says. "I understand now why women don't come forward."
In addition to Wolosz, the State Attorney's Office has interviewed several other women who claim St. Amand, who is married, made unwelcome advances. One of those is a teenage girl who was part of the police department's Explorer program. At the time, St. Amand was the advisor to the program, which allows teens to learn about police work. "He used to call me at home a lot," says the girl, who asked that her name not be published. "He would call me at odd times, like ten o'clock at night, because he knew I had my own phone line."
She says he would ask her if she had a boyfriend (she was seventeen years old then, just shy of her eighteenth birthday) and what she was wearing as they spoke. "He said we should go out sometime," she recalls. She told him she couldn't go out with him because he was married, but he countered that she should forget about that. "He'd be really flirtatious," she adds, "to the point where I wouldn't feel too comfortable with him."
So uncomfortable, in fact, that the girl reported St. Amand's behavior to the Explorer's previous advisor. The matter worked its way to the detective's boss, she says, and shortly after that St. Amand was removed from the program. She spoke with investigators from the State Attorney's Office last week, and corroborated at least one element of Wolosz's story. St. Amand, she says, was always grabbing his crotch in public. "Everyone would always make comments about that," the teen recalls, adding that she hopes the department responds to the allegations of misconduct. "It's about time someone did something."
Cheryl Wolosz, on the other hand, doesn't believe anything will happen. She agreed to talk to New Times, she says, because she is fed up with the department covering St. Amand's mistakes. "There are a lot of things the department has been letting him get away with," she claims.
Besides the investigation stemming from Wolosz's allegations, the State Attorney's Office is conducting a separate investigation of St. Amand, this one examining his handling of dozens of domestic-violence cases. St. Amand received a written reprimand last year for failing to investigate those cases in a timely manner. St. Amand's attorney, Roderick Vereen, says he is unaware of the additional inquiry and therefore cannot comment on it.