Stephanie Southard: Ex-cop's hearing over on-duty sex claims closed to avoid "media circus"

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Stephanie Southard.
In recent months, several Denver police officers have faced allegations related to sexual misconduct on the job. Next week, one of the most prominent -- Stephanie Southard, accused of having sex 25-30 times while on-duty -- is scheduled to have her case heard. But while such matters are routinely open to the press and the public, this one will be closed in an effort to prevent what a rep with Denver's Civil Service Commission describes as a "media circus."

See also: Stephanie Southard latest Denver cop in trouble for alleged on-duty sex and more

As we've reported, Southard's most recent stint as the subject of uncomfortable headlines wasn't her first. Back in November 2013, the Denver Post revealed that she had been charged with misdemeanor harassment owing to a June incident during which she's said to have socked another Denver cop, Nathan Sanchez, after he ended their affair.

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Another photo of Stephanie Southard.
An affidavit cited by the Post maintained that Southard walked up to the driver's side of his vehicle in a Glendale parking lot, and at the sight of his wedding ring, she "grabbed and hit Sanchez's face as he turned his head away," knocking off his glasses and leaving a scratch near his eyebrow in the process.

Southard denied these claims and was still on duty up until April 14, at which time she was fired for what CBS4 describes as "violating three department regulations including sexual misconduct and lying about having sex on duty."

Her partner in these escapades is said to have been Sanchez, who has resigned. He did so after apparently divulging that they'd had sex 25--30 times while on duty. But Southard has appealed her termination from the force, with a hearing scheduled for July 17 and 18 before the Civil Service Commission.

Given the amount of attention the case has garnered, you can bet reporters planned to attend -- but as CBS4 reveals, hearing officer Hazel Hanley has closed the session to both journalists and regular folks to avoid causing a stir. Stated reasons include Southard's "past and current mental state" and possible discomfort for Sanchez's wife, who will likely testify.

Not everyone is on board with this decision: Representatives from the Denver Management of Safety and the city attorney's office have filed objections.

If the hearing's closure was an effort to minimize attention on an embarrassment for the Denver Police Department, it appears to have backfired. Here's a CBS4 report about Southard from this past May.

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

She can get a job as a waitress at sHooters when this is all over.


muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Getting paid to have sex......isn't there a word for that?

Jack Troutman
Jack Troutman

Let's see.....I paid their salary so YES. I'd like to see how my hard earned $$ is being used. Thanks.

Joslyn Larned
Joslyn Larned

Um if he's on the job and my tax dollars are paying him your dam right it's mine and every other tax payers!!! ACCOUNTABILITY!!!!!

Megan Munzert
Megan Munzert

gross shes probably got cooties from being such a ho

Anthony Delgado
Anthony Delgado

Just another example of the system protecting corrupt cops. We need to get stricter on enforcing laws on law enforcement.

Eric Delgado
Eric Delgado

Yes, it's an internal matter that has no effect to the public.

Bradley Crable
Bradley Crable

Damn I wish I got arrested by her and got to rid in her car! LOL!

James Speiser
James Speiser

At least one thing in this situation is closed.

Cameron Sean
Cameron Sean

It's fine. It's just like that lil Wayne song: Mrs. Officer

Kelly Christianson
Kelly Christianson

I believe it should be held on private. Police have an obligation to uphold higher standards and this is a disgrace to the force. All exposure will do is weaken the people's perception. Its unnecessary just like when Pres Clinton was caught. Unfortunately, bad choices are made bit this does not mean we have to put it on display.

Daisy Rothschild
Daisy Rothschild

I question the whole premise, that is likely why they want to keep it quiet. I mean really, every 20 min all day? Who's got time for that?

Kevin A. Mahmalji
Kevin A. Mahmalji

I have to disagree. I believe this action is a direct violation of Colorado's Sunshine law because three or more individuals of a local body are meeting to discuss public business as the central topic. The actions of the officers involved put Denver Citizens at risk. Public safety was completely disregarded.

Clayton Capra
Clayton Capra

It's not the OJ trial, she simply got banged in a police car.

Dena Sue
Dena Sue

I don't condone her actions but I think this is closed because it's a personnel matter, which is specifically exempt from the sunshine laws.

Christine DeLeon
Christine DeLeon

We all know their are rules, laws, and penalties that do not apply to police or government officials no surprises here

Jim Beans
Jim Beans

It's really none of our dam business. Tax dollars yeah, yeah, yeah. Dumb bitch appealed her termination??? Plaster her dumb face everywhere. Fucking idiot. You fucked up!!

Phillip Galan
Phillip Galan

just her and the judge in judge's chambers...

Kevin A. Mahmalji
Kevin A. Mahmalji

The reason only one photo is included is because Southard appealed her termination from the force, while her partner in crime Sanchez resigned from the department.

Janet Vigil
Janet Vigil

Others do it. Are the very people seeking to make this a story guilty of the same? Just haven't been caught?! Happens all the time and they just terminate employment. Not saying it's ok. Just saying there's real stories out there. Where's the photos of the person involved? Telling half of the story doesn't mean anything.

Matt Levan
Matt Levan

Badges grant extra rights, correct?

Stacey Rogers
Stacey Rogers

She was wrong to do that but she didn't do it by herself. Why is her photo plastered on these articles? Why not the other officer?

Kevin A. Mahmalji
Kevin A. Mahmalji

I couldn't disagree more with how the Denver Police Department is handling this case. A hearing about two police officers that misused their power and Denver tax dollars, should be open to the public without question. Obviously this is a violation of Colorado's Sunshine Law.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

While good officers hold to that higher standard, pigs sink to the lowest, most corrupt and abusive level.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

In fairness to WW, they have never gone to court to protect their "right to lie" like the fascist fox.

mydrm2
mydrm2

I doubt it , but you may be inarticulate.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Yeah, corruption loves secrecy. 

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Except, unlike good cops, DAs and courts, corrupt filth LOVE secrecy.

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