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Brentwood City To Pay $1 Million As Setlement For Sexual Assault Lawsuit

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The city has agreed to pay a former female officer a $1 million settlement and for her to drop the lawsuit and release all claims against all parties.

A former Brentwood city police officer filed a police sexual assault lawsuit against former Lt. Salvatore DiMercurio. The female officer claimed that the lieutenant raped and sexually assaulted her while they were both attending a training conference in Reno, Nevada in 2017.

The suit also included the city’s police department and administration for covering up the crime and turning a blind eye to sexual harassment in the workplace. According to the documents, the female officer reported the assault to higher ranking officers and that only a supervisory inquiry was initiated by Chief Hansen and Chief Tolero, instead of an internal affairs investigation. Hansen and Tolero were DiMercurio’s friends in the department’s administration. The suit also noted that Tolero’s inquiry of the incident was devised to corroborate DiMercurio’s statement that any contact between them was consensual. It also claimed that Tolero intended to protect the city and that the female officer would be promoted if she were to agree with their statements.

Two more women came forward with claims against DiMercurio after the initial lawsuit. One of them, also a former police officer, claimed that he retaliated against her when she rejected sexual advances from him. The other claimant, according to court records, asserted that he sexually assaulted her approximately 20 years prior.

DiMercurio left the police force within two days after the lawsuit was filed.

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Rodney Mesriani

Rodney Mesriani is the principal partner of the Los Angeles and Santa Monica based Mesriani Law Group. He specializes in personal injury and employment law while also being an accomplished litigator and trial attorney. Rodney is an aggressive negotiator and a well-known and respected attorney in the areas of practice he specializes in.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from California State University Northridge before attending Southwestern School of Law where he received his Juris Doctorate. While being an accomplished personal injury and employment lawyer, Rodney Mesriani has made it a point to attend numerous State Sponsored MCLE events and seminars over the years as a law practitioner to be informed of the latest laws and litigation strategies.



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