Salt Lake City, Utah- (News4Utah) – Representative John Curtis is responding to a lawsuit against Provo City and former Police Chief John King.
Five plaintiffs claim King used his position to assault, harass and even rape one of them.
They say Curtis did nothing to stop it. He says he took the complaints seriously, and ultimately asked the chief to resign.
The lawsuit filed Tuesday in the Fourth District Court outlines serious criminal allegations against the former top cop.
Among other things, it states King sexually assaulted one plaintiff on four or five separate occasions.
And, despite the protests of another plaintiff to King that she did not want to engage in sexual relations, he persisted and raped her.
Representative Curtis was mayor at the time.
“I want people to know, and especially those who were involved, that if I did anything unknowingly, or knowingly that caused pain to these women I am deeply saddened myself,” said Curtis, (R) Utah.
Curtis says he was made aware of complaints of inappropriate behavior with female employees in the dispatch center.
“In those cases, I met with John King myself, I talked to him. In one of those cases, I made him redo the training we have as a city, which he completed within 24 hours.”
Later, he was informed of the rape allegation by the victim. He says the city filed a report on her behalf, and it was turned over to Salt Lake County for investigation.
But, no charges were filed against King.
“I knew enough to know that some behavior that went on was inappropriate, seemed to be an affair. And so, I asked the chief if he would resign and he did.”
The lawsuit claims Curtis contributed to an environment in which King could exploit and abuse his position.
It cites a meeting with supervisors where Curtis said he didn’t want any more complaints about the chief.
He says he was only referring to complaints about a new beat program the department was implementing.
“Under no circumstances would I ever imply, even in the smallest degree that they were to accept bad behavior or anything that was inappropriate,” Curtis said.
For the full interview with Representative Curtis make sure to catch this week’s edition of Inside Utah Politics.
The show begins Sunday at 8 am on ABC4 Utah.