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Cop Suspended for Inaction at Parade

June 27, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) _ A police officer was suspended for allegedly failing to take any action when a 17-year-old told her he had been molested after Sunday’s Gay Pride Parade.

The allegation comes as police continue their investigation into whether officers failed to help women who were sexually abused in Central Park two weeks ago, following the Puerto Rican Day Parade.

The 17-year-old told police a man groped him outside a Greenwich Village bar during festivities after the parade. He said he told Officer Donna Gaudino what happened and she did nothing. He then approached two other officers, who took his report and searched for the man. No suspect was found.

Gaudino, a nine-year veteran, was suspended without pay for up to 30 days. The officer’s union, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, predicted Gaudino would be vindicated and blamed ``a politically charged atmosphere″ caused by the Central Park attacks June 11.

More than 50 women have said a mob of boys and men attacked them, dousing them with water, stripping some, groping and robbing others. Some of the women accused officers of ignoring their plight. Police have arrested more than 20 people.

Beside the 17-year-old’s complaint, police made one arrest involving alleged sexual abuse at the Gay Pride Parade, which attracted thousands of spectators. No details were provided. Police also arrested more than 500 others, mostly on charges of carrying open containers of alcohol.

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