Lexington Sergeant files whistle-blower lawsuit

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LEXINGTON, Ky (WTVQ)- A decorated Lexington police sergeant is suing the city, Lexington police chief and two other Lexington police commanders after he says they retaliated against him for reporting sexual harassment within the department.

Many people remember Sgt. Bryan Jared from back in 2006 when he was proclaimed a hero after rescuing the lone survivor of Comair Flight 5191 which crashed moments after take off from Blue Grass Airport.

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But now Sgt. Jared is in the spotlight for something very different, suing the city and three of his superior officers for what he says was their attempt to cover up sexual harassment within the department.

According to court documents, last September Sgt. Jared filed a report within the department accusing Commander Jonathan “Rodney” Sherrod of sexually harassing three female police officers.

The department investigated the claims and closed the case.

But Sgt. Jared says after coming forward his supervisors including Commander Sherrod, Commander Thomas Curtsinger and Police Chief Mark Barnard retaliated by disciplining him and involuntarily transferring him within the department.

Sgt. Jared has filed a whistle-blower lawsuit against the city and all three superior officers as well as suing for slander, libel, defamation, and intentional infliction of emotional stress.

ABC 36 News reached out to the city for comment and they said they have yet to read the full suit.