A dispatcher is accusing her boss, Tequesta Police Chief Pete Pitocchelli, of sticking his hand into her blouse during a boozy party, then following her into a bedroom and telling her: “I’ve want to make love to you.”
That’s after Pitocchelli allegedly put the married dispatcher’s hand on his hot-and-bothered manhood to show her the effect she had on him, according to Tequesta administrative files obtained by Gossip Extra.
The woman, identified as Tara Luscavich, filed a federal sexual harassment complaint last month because she claims she was retaliated against for not yielding to the chief’s desires at the March 2011 party.
Pitocchelli, meanwhile, tendered his resignation to the village manager, who has not decided whether to accept it. Pitocchelli was separated from his wife at the time of the alleged groping.
Village officials already replied to the federal employment watchdog EEOC that Luscavich’s recollection of the incident is inaccurate, and denied she’s been the victim of retaliation.
Besides, according to the village’s response, Luscavich filed her complaint more than a year after the incident and it should be dismissed.
According to Luscavich, she and others had been drinking at the party. Guest Pitocchelli was a lieutenant at the time but was about to take over the department.
At one point, Luscavich said she put jokingly a dollar bill into her cleavage saying: “It’ll be safe there.”
“No it won’t,” the chief allegedly replied, according to Luscavich’s filing.
He then reached into her shirt and allegedly grabbed one of her breasts.
Later at the party, Luscavich said she didn’t feel well and was ushered into a bedroom by the host. She laid out on a bed but within minutes noticed Pitocchelli was near her, rubbing her back underneath her blouse.
The chief supposedly commented on how smooth her skin was.
In time, he allegedly placed Luscavich’s hand on his groin, telling her how much he wanted to have sex with her.
“I understood at the time his rank and soon to be promotion to chief of police, and I knew that I could not offend him,” Luscavich wrote in her complaint, “despite being appalled.”
In time, Luscavich told she is happily married and left the room to ask someone for a ride.
Since then, she claims, Pitocchelli has been ignoring and avoiding her at work, at one point denying her a training opportunity and temporary promotion to supervisor.
“I have been treated differently since this event,” she wrote, adding that she wants money from the village for mental anguish and humiliation.
Pitocchelli isn’t returning calls for comment.