According to The New York Post, an NYPD maintenance department cop has been charged with acting in a manner injurious to a child.
In 2019, Shaun Frazier, 40-years-old, was accused of sexually assaulting his best friend’s daughter while babysitting her and her 5-year-old brother. He allegedly asked the girl if he could lick her underwear and told her to come into the room while he was masturbating.
Frazier worked at the NYPD’s building maintenance department for five years. Since the charge of endangering the welfare of a child, he has been suspended without pay.
On the previous charges, Frazier was released without bail, and the case is still pending. The new charge of acting in a manner injurious to a child is separate from the prior allegation. Neither Frazier nor his attorney has commented.
Attorney Laurence Banville, an experienced sexual assault lawyer, has represented many victims in civil lawsuits. In an interview, we asked Laurence to share insight on the legal rights of victims who have been sexually assaulted by a police officer.
“As a society, we trust the police to care, respect, and ensure people’s safety in their towns and states by enforcing laws. While most police officers are trustworthy, there have been officers who abuse their positions of power and trust to sexually assault people, including children, on and off the job. The victims of these heinous crimes should know their legal rights.”
“In sexual assault cases, victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit against the police officer’s employer. The employer of the sexual abuser may be deemed liable for negligence. For example, if an employer was aware of previous complaints but ignored them and the officer remained employed or if an employer failed to run a background check that would have revealed inappropriate history before hiring the officer. Victims and their families should acquire the services of an experienced sexual assault lawyer to determine whether they have grounds for a civil lawsuit against the officer’s employer as well as the officer.”