AUSTIN (KXAN) - The Department of Public Safety is investigating a sexualharassment complaint against a trooper assigned to the StateCapitol, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.
According to two independent sources, the alleged incident tookplace in a state representative's office last week, and thecomplaint was filed Feb. 12.
"DPS has zero tolerance for sexual harassment. The employee inquestion has been relieved of duty, suspended, and an internalinvestigation is under way," said DPS spokesperson Tela Mange, in astatement.
Mange said the employee is suspended with pay pending theoutcome of the investigation. She confirmed the complaint was filedFriday, and said the trooper was forced to hand over his gun andbadge Saturday morning.
Mange refused to release the trooper's name or release anyfurther details, citing the ongoing investigation.
She said troopers and DPS employees are trained on sexualharassment policies when they are hired and "every couple of years"after that.
In an unrelated incident last week, DPS Trooper Joe Moreno wasarrested by Austin Police and charged with a DWI. Mange said he wastraveling off-duty on Highway 183 when arrested.
Mange said Moreno was also assigned to the Capitol complex.
Moreno was immediately suspended but has since retired from theDepartment, according to Mange.
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The long-awaited Thinkery Children's Museum opened Saturday in the Mueller Development.
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