Springfield Police sergeant fired amid sex misconduct allegations

The sergeant reportedly admitted to misconduct and sent inappropriate comments to female employees.

Posted: Jun 4, 2021 12:04 PM
Updated: Jun 4, 2021 6:45 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Springfield Police Sgt. Robert Rosales was terminated on May 10 concerning sexual misconduct allegations.

A note sent by then acting interm chief of police Matt Neiwert to Rosales said: "After reviewing the investigation findings, including your admissions of misconduct, I have determined that you engaged in conduct that constitutes egregious violations of City and Department policy."

The memorandum claims Rosales was terminated for two reasons. One is his alleged sexual encounters with the former female police recruit who was fired in December 2020.

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Another reason is, according to Neiwert, Rosales allegedly sent inappropriate comments via text message and social media to female employees, including, "not gonna lie, damn sexy" and "looking good from back here."

The attorney for the former female police recruit, Meredith Holley, said there is clearly a policy issue within the Springfield Police Department.

"The department needs to apply its policies and their standards evenly," Holley said.

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Holley said she also doesn't understand why Rosales was fired, but other officers -- like Detective Robert Weaver -- who were also allegedly connected to the sex scandal kept their positions.

"Overall, I just think the entire culture is very discriminatory," Holley said. "I think there is a predatory factor to all these sergeants targeting young female recruits."

KEZI reached out to Rosales for comment but did not hear back.

It is also unclear at this time whether Rosales appealed his termination.

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