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TSU police chief resigns after sexual harassment claims

There's been a major shakeup on the campus of Texas Southern University.

The school's police chief has resigned.

The resignation follows the university's investigation into allegations of sexual harassment made against him by a female employee.

That woman filed a formal complaint against Chief Remon Green with TSU in October.

After a three month investigation, the university found it couldn't substantiate the sexually overt comments she alleges he made to her. But it did determine he violated policy and recommended his termination, or removal from a leadership position and disciplinary suspension.

After a period of administrative leave, he resigned.

Roberta Gibson has worked for the TSU Police Department for nine years.

She's the employee who filed a complaint with the university alleging Chief Remon Green sexually harassed her.

"I was always looking for a way out," Gibson says. "I was always looking for another job. Went back to school got another degree trying to position myself to get out of the situation."

In her complaint, she claimed Green gave her hugs that she did not want.

"Who's going to be eager to speak up when they see what happens to the women that do?" she says.

"Untrue, unsubstantiated, false, and malicious," says Green's attorney Vic Bonner.

Bonner denied the sexual harassment allegations leveled against his client in a phone call with ABC13.

The university investigated, interviewing several people in the department, finding, "allegations related to respondent's alleged sexually overt comments to her were unsubstantiated."

But the investigation did confirm her allegations of frequent unwanted and unwelcomed hugs which, "created an offensive, hostile, and uncomfortable work environment."

The university recommended firing him ... or demoting along with an unpaid suspension. He resigned, effective March 1.

"He felt that was the best thing to do as far as he's concerned, and as far as the institution is concerned," Bonner explains. "He's got a lot of love and respect for Texas Southern University. Texas Southern University has been good to him. And he's been good to and for the school."

TSU's Office of Human Resources also recommended immediate sexual harassment, retaliation and consensual relationship training for all employees in the TSU Department of Public Safety.

Gibson also filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Commission.

TSU's released a statement:
"Texas Southern University Chief of Police has resigned effective March 1. The university does not comment on matters related to personnel issues."

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