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Disciplined academy leader faced prior allegation

Records show Quinn resigned as Webster City's assistant city manager after sexual-harassment complaints.

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Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013 12:00 am

IOWA CITY -- An Iowa police academy leader punished earlier this year for making sexually inappropriate remarks left his previous job after being accused of touching and bullying a female subordinate, records obtained by The Associated Press show.

Michael Quinn, assistant director of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, resigned as Webster City's assistant city manager in 1999 after an employee complained that he once touched her buttocks, routinely made her feel inferior and slammed doors during an outburst.

The woman claimed Quinn entered her office where she was standing and grabbed her shoulders, according to a memo written by city clerk Pat Nokes.

"(Quinn) took his hand and 'swiped' it across her buttocks and then said, 'this is what I got into trouble for before. Do you think it's that bad?'" the memo said.

A year after he resigned from the 8,000-resident city in northern Iowa, the training academy for police officers, dispatchers and jailers hired Quinn for a gender-sensitive position: an instructor on domestic violence. Quinn, now 70, said there was no reason to disclose the allegations in the application process, and the man who hired Quinn praised his "excellent credentials."

Earlier this year, Quinn was barred from teaching Violence Against Women classes after Iowa's Crime Victim Assistance Division, which approves funding for the courses, learned about an investigation last year that found he repeatedly made inappropriate workplace comments.

Quinn asked female recruits taking a sex abuse investigation class whether "penis size matters," talked about his sex life and told colleagues that his "package is on ice" after he underwent a vasectomy. He also warned instructor Nancy Brady, who had filed a complaint about his remarks, that he would "slit your throat" if she spent too much time talking at the academy's front desk.

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