On-duty Denver officer accused of having sex with drunk, mentally challenged woman suspended

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DENVER -- A Denver police officer accused of having sex with a drunk, mentally challenged woman while on duty has been suspended for 20 days, but not for sexual misconduct.

Denver’s Civil Service Commission upheld a 20-day suspension for officer Travis Jackson on Tuesday but also acknowledged he was “fortunate that the department did not charge him with having sexual relations on duty.”

Jackson was called to remove a drunk, mentally challenged woman on July 4, 2014. According to the commission, Jackson picked up the woman and took himself out of service to help her find a hotel room to stay the night.

In its decision and final order released Tuesday, the civil service commission revealed some new details about what happened next.

"(Officer Jackson) spent twenty minutes with the women in her hotel room. Less than a week later the woman lodged a complaint against Officer Jackson claiming he had sexually assaulted her," the report read..

"The matter was investigated. The District Attorney declined to criminally prosecute Officer Jackson because it appeared that the sex was consensual between Jackson and the woman."

The executive director of safety suspended Jackson for violating two departmental regulations. He reportedly failed to properly notify dispatch while transporting a female and for leaving the city and county of Denver without permission.

The penalty for the violations was a 20-day suspension, which officer Jackson appealed. On Tuesday, the commission upheld the suspension and also addressed the alleged sexual assault/sexual misconduct.

"There is no conclusive evidence in the record that the allegations are false. Officer Jackson, in his brief, appears to find vindication in the fact that the District Attorney refused to prosecute him criminally," the report said. "The fact that Officer Jackson might have taken himself out of service for almost one hundred minutes and during that time, while still on the job and in uniform, engaged in sexual activity with a vulnerable, drunken, mentally challenged female, is hardly grounds for Officer Jackson taking the victory lap to which he seems to believe he is entitled.  Officer Jackson appears to us to be fortunate that the Department did not charge him with having sexual relations on duty, which, as we know from Vigil v. Southard, 14CSC 03A, is grounds for discharge.”

FOX31 Denver wanted to know why the Department of Safety did not discipline officer Jackson for having sexual relations on duty.

Spokeswoman Daelene Mix said it was because, “The investigation did not conclusively prove or disprove sexual misconduct occurred. We support the Commission’s decision to affirm the discipline issued to Officer Jackson, which was based on the department rules and regulations that were found to be violated as a result of the investigation into his conduct.”