Columbia Police Officers Association confirms allegations of golf tournament misconduct

Monday, July 23, 2012 | 1:36 p.m. CDT; updated 2:07 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 23, 2012

COLUMBIA — An investigation conducted by the Columbia Police Officers Association found that incidents of misconduct took place at its June 11 golf tournament.

Its inquiry began after Columbia media received an unsigned letter claiming that female employees from Truman’s Bar and Grill “were clothed in bikini bottoms only” during the event at A.L. Gustin Golf Course.

The CPOA concluded in a news release that the letter overstated the situation.

Although women did expose their breasts, the release stated the incident occurred at an unnamed location other than the clubhouse. The allegation that Jell-O shots were taken from their breasts was not addressed.

Because the golf tournament was a private event and, according to the release, no Missouri laws were broken, the incident is being dealt with privately between Truman’s Bar and Grill and its employees.

Columbia Police Department Sgt. Jill Schlude agreed that no legal infraction occurred.

"There's nothing illegal about being topless," she said. A witness would have to come forward with evidence of sexual misconduct in order for criminal action to be taken.

If an officer were involved, any violation that occurred would have been of the Police Department's code of conduct, Schlude said. The violation would have applied whether the officer was on or off duty.

Columbia police have yet to complete their own investigation of the incident, Schlude said. The department isn't likely to reach a conclusion for "several more weeks."

Supervising editor is Hannah Cushman.

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Skip Yates July 24, 2012 | 5:34 a.m.

Much ado about nothing.

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