A police chief in Michigan has been fired after being charged with sexually assaulting a woman on a party bus headed to a Detroit Tigers game, officials said.
Randall Wright, 48, was axed Monday by the Fremont City Council following an investigation into the alleged June incident when a woman accused the chief of “forcefully” pushing his groin into her buttocks, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by MLive.com.
Wright shoved himself into the woman after accosting her with making sexual remarks, she told state police. Wright also smacked the backsides of several other women on the bus without their consent while traveling to and from the June 5 game, according to the affidavit.
“He was commenting about my body – made sexual comments about what he would like to do to me sexually,” the woman told WOOD-TV last month.
The alleged victim said Wright’s “aggressive behavior” during the Fraternal Order of Police outing led her to avoid walking in front of the chief. At one point, the woman said she let Wright pass her in hopes of avoiding his unwanted attention, but he allegedly touched her anyway.
“He reached back with his hand and he grabbed my private area aggressively,” she told the station.
A total of 31 passengers were on the bus at the time. The woman told cops that Wright was extremely intoxicated at the time after downing an entire fifth of liquor, WOOD-TV reports.
“That is no excuse for [that] behavior,” she told the station. “I’ve known many men in my life that have been highly intoxicated and they’ve never been sexually inappropriate with women.”
Fremont officials announced Wright’s termination on Tuesday and declined further comment on the matter, MLIve.com reports.
Wright, who could not be reached for comment Wednesday, had been previously put on leave on Sept. 24. He pleaded not guilty last week after being arraigned on a charge of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, MLive.com reported.