MIAMI
01/31/2013 04:27 pm ET

Charles Hurley, Miami-Dade Schools Police Chief, Demoted Amid Sexual Harassment Claims

The police chief of Miami-Dade Schools was demoted Thursday in the wake of sexual harassment allegations from female employees.

Embattled top cop John Hurley was permanently reassigned to a different job in the county's seventh-largest police agency Thursday, according to the Miami Herald.

The demotion came just weeks after two female subordinates publicly claimed that a sexually aggressive Hurley made their work environment exceptionally uncomfortable.

"He became erect and pointed out the fact that he was to me, and wanted me to look at him," Officer Deanna Fox-Williams told NBC6.

Fox-Williams, along with another officer, filed a lawsuit against Hurley and the Miami-Dade County school board.

In June, Hurley came under fire for allegedly overusing the Baker Act an effort to lower crime statistics for area schools. The Florida statute allows law enforcement officials to place individuals who are at risk to themselves under “temporary detention for evaluation” and, if necessary, in a treatment facility.

The Florida Department of Law declined to pursue a criminal investigation, but the chief was thereafter put on indefinite desk duty as the department conducted an investigation into the spike in Baker Act cases and earlier claims of sexual harassment.

The Herald reports Hurley is now the director of Miami-Dade Schools Police Region 3 office.

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