Deputy Krystal Rice, from Watertown, New York, is suing her co-workers for $50 million after topless photos she agreed to take as part of a sting operation against pedophiles were allegedly passed around the office, and her superiors reportedly began harassing and “isolating” her.
Rice agreed to take the photos when she was still in training, but only after she signed a contract that gave her ownership of the images. Meant to portray a 15-year old girl, the pictures were reportedly sent to potential pedophiles as “bait.”
However, Rice maintains that despite repeated requests for the CD containing the photos, she has been consistently rebuffed.
Furthermore, according to the 45-page lawsuit, the detective who originally took the photos in 2006 kept the risqué images on his laptop– and may have shown them to everyone in the office.
But the story does not end there.
Detective Cote allegedly began making personal advances at Rice after taking the semi-nude photos, while simultaneously spreading stories about the break-up of her marriage.
Though she primarily ignored him until 2009, after he called the mother of the man she was seeing to say she had “slept with half the [police] department,” and her son should “have himself tested” if he had engaged in “any sort of contact with her,” she made a complaint at work.
There, she was allegedly told that the office was a “Good ol’ boy’s club,” and that nothing would change.
“It didn’t stop at the photos,” her lawyer explained. “There was harassment, isolation, marginalization in the workplace also because she refused to go along with the advances that [Detective Cote] had made to her and there were rumors being spread about her personally and professionally.”
And now, Rice’s lawyer has allegedly been threatened to drop the case.
The woman said she received a call from a restricted number and, after the individual told her he was connected to the Sheriff’s department, said she had to drop the case or he would make it “difficult” for her to practice law in New York, would see to it that she was pulled over every time she got in her car, and generally make her life “unbearable.”
When asked whether the caller was threatening her, the person allegedly responded that he was just telling her “how things were going to be.”
The lawyer is married to a Fort Drum soldier, who also reported the incident up his chain of command.
Rice says she feels “dirty, exposed and extremely embarrassed by these events and incidents,” and her lawyer maintains that the whole situation is “outrageous and sad.”