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Salt Lake police officer charged with sexual battery during training session

Oct 27, 2022, 12:50 PM | Updated: Nov 18, 2022, 6:12 pm
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SALT LAKE CITY — A Salt Lake police officer is accused of sexually harassing a fellow employee during a training session, claiming he thought she was “one of the guys.”

Jeffrey Kevin Loosle, 52, of Syracuse, was charged Thursday in 3rd District Court with two counts of sexual battery, a class A misdemeanor.

In May, a woman was at a training session in Salt Lake County and was standing near a table when “she felt a hard slap on her butt, which jolted her body,” according to charging documents.

She turned around and saw her co-worker, Loosle, “sitting behind her and making direct eye contact with her,” the charges state.

After questioning Loosle about why he did that, the woman says “she was again slapped on her butt with an unknown object,” according to the charges. The next day, the woman confronted Loosle who claimed he was trying to get her attention.

“Loosle then stated he didn’t slap her, he hit her with her coffee cup,” the charging documents say.

About a week later, prosecutors say Loosle reached out to the woman’s husband to apologize. He told the husband that “he thought (the woman) was ‘one of the guys’ and admitted to smacking her with a boxing glove,” the charges state.

Unified police were called to investigate the incident. When questioned by a Unified officer, Loosle said he “wanted to add his opinion to the conversation” that the woman was engaged in, “so he used a boxing glove to touch (her) to get her attention. Loosle stated he attempted contact with (her) arm, but the boxing glove ‘went limp,’ and he was unsure where it touched her,” the charges state.

Salt Lake police did not immediately respond to KSL.com’s request for comment Thursday.

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Salt Lake police officer charged with sexual battery during training session