More women allege sexual harassment by former police captain
by Staff Report
May 08, 2011 | 4166 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two additional city employees have alleged that former Cartersville Police Department Capt. J. Frankie Cline sexually harassed them.

According to a statement from the city's assistant attorney Keith Lovell, the two women came forth after Cline's suspension began on April 18.

The women told Chief of Police Thomas Culpepper that similar incidents occurred between them and Cline in the past.

Culpepper then requested that Internal Affairs conduct a department wide investigation into sexual harassment complaints.

"As a result of said investigation, several additional complaints were made against Captain Cline, but no other city of Cartersville employees," Lovell said in his statement.

Cline was not interviewed as part of the investigation.

In accordance with city policy, the report was forwarded to the District Attorney office for its review and consideration.

Lovell said once the report is returned to the city, the information will be provided subject to redaction by the city.

"Captain Cline has retired, there is no further action to be taken by the city of Cartersville regarding the report," Lovell stated.

After 25 years of service, Cline turned in his letter of resignation with the agency.

"I have decided to resign my employment with the City of Cartersville Police Department and retire effective Friday, April 22, 2011," Cline said in a letter delivered to city officials.

His departure came on the heels of an internal affairs investigation conducted after a female filed a complaint "alleging sexual misconduct" by Cline in an incident on April 7.

The investigation, dated April 14, was closed with Cline receiving a five-day suspension without pay. He also was ordered to have no further contact with the alleged victim and attend mandatory counseling. He did not return to work prior to his leaving.

During Cline's time with the department, he served as the agency's public information officer, administrative services commander and systems administrator.