- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Two victims say in a lawsuit that Eugene Police Department supervisors knew an officer was a “dangerous sexual predator” but failed for years to do anything about it.

Stefan Zeltvay was convicted in 2013 of sexually harassing three co-workers, sexually abusing a fourth and subjecting two others to unwanted contact, the Eugene Register-Guard (https://bit.ly/1zfjgfQ) reported Friday. He resigned after the conviction.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed in federal court in Eugene are identified by the pseudonyms Jane Doe and Jean Coe.

The lawsuit names Police Chief Pete Kerns and Lt. Jennifer Bills. A police department spokeswoman, Melinda McLaughlin, declined to comment.

The lawsuit says it was well known within the department that Zeltvay “was touching and otherwise sexually harassing women,” and department supervisors “ignored the pervasive knowledge …?that Zeltvay was a dangerous sexual predator.”

Police reports released after he was convicted show that a number of female employees either repeatedly were subjected to or were long aware of his behavior.

One of the plaintiffs said Zeltvay abused her for several years until police began investigating his behavior.

Zeltvay, now 46, relinquished his police certification and was required to register as a sex offender after he was convicted.

He had been a Eugene police officer since 1995, spending the final decade of his career as a school resource officer at South Eugene High School, where students knew him as “Officer Z.”

The lawsuit doesn’t specify an amount of damages.


Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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