A Denver Sheriff Department sergeant, who was fired for child abuse and then reinstated, was suspended last month for failing to report an inmate’s public sexual act, according to a department disciplinary letter.
Sgt. Anass Khelik, who’s been with the department since 2002, received a two-day unpaid suspension after a review found he did not comply with the Prison Rape Elimination Act, which mandates staff must immediately report any “incident of sexual abuse, sexual harassment or sexual misconduct between inmates.”
Khelik was told by inmates that a fellow inmate was masturbating in the common intake area at the Downtown Detention Center. He moved the inmate into isolation and put up a screen, but, according to the review, did not report the incident as is required, according to a copy of his disciplinary letter obtained by The Denver Post through an open records act.
“The department has concern regarding your ability to act responsibly and to conduct yourself appropriately while on duty,” the letter states.
This is not the first time Khelik has been disciplined for misconduct at the sheriff’s department.
Khelik was fired in 2013 after pleading no contest to misdemeanor child abuse, stemming from an incident in which he “forcibly removed his 15-year-old stepdaughter from the family home” following an argument, according to a decision from the Colorado Court of Appeals. Khelik received a deferred judgement, and the case was dismissed.
Khelik appealed his termination from the sheriff’s department and was reinstated in 2016 with a 90-day suspension after the appeals court ruled that the city’s firing decision did not factor in Khelik’s positive work record, the decision stated.
In 2012, Khelik received a 32-day suspension — later reduced to two days — for sexually harassing a subordinate female officer and retaliating against her, according to a department report. Khelik admitted at the time to telling the officer, “I’m in love with you” and making jokes about the officer being pregnant with his child. His suspension was reduced after a review board found a lack of evidence that he retaliated against the female officer by reassigning her.
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