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TPD sergeants suspended following investigation into sexually explicit messages

Both sergeants will face suspensions, though only one will be required to serve out any time.
Published: Apr. 2, 2021 at 5:51 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 5, 2021 at 10:54 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Two Toledo police sergeants have been found guilty of Conduct Unbecoming an Officer following an internal investigation by the department for allegedly sending inappropriate sexual messages to female officers. Sources close to the investigation tell 13abc that the allegations involve nine women, all Toledo Police officers themselves.

Sgt. Matt Gabel was issued a 60-day suspension, 20 days of which will be served while the other 40 are held in abeyance for five years. Sgt. Gabel will also not be able to seek further promotion with the department. Further, any additional charges of Conduct Unbecoming sustained in the next five years will result in his termination.

Sgt. Kevin Nabors, meanwhile, was given a 20-day suspension, all of which will be held in abeyance for three years. Both officers will be required to go through mandatory sexual harassment training.

“When a patrolman is promoted to sergeant, I tell them that the sergeant is the most important leadership position on the department because they are the first line to combating problems,” said Toledo Police Chief George Kral in a statement outlining the disciplinary action. “When a command officer betrays the trust placed in him, it upsets me to the core. The allegations were disturbing in the least and I took them seriously.”

Chief Kral reportedly opened the investigation last year after he received an anonymous letter. The department’s internal affairs unit had 100 days to complete that investigation, after which 13abc reached out to the department for information.

The City of Toledo has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment, and according to the police department manual:

Sources with the police department told 13abc last week that the women are not happy with the punishment and that they would like to see the sergeants fired.

At least one of those women has resigned from the department, though it is not yet clear whether this investigation was part of her decision.

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