D.C. Fire/EMS instructors did not sexually harass cadets, report says

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) - The scandal that has haunted the D.C. Fire and EMS Training Academy for months is finally over, according to the D.C. Office of the Inspector General.

In a three-page letter, OIG investigators revealed that after several female cadets accused two instructors of harassing them, they interviewed a number of training academy employees – including all of the program’s cadets.

Among the allegations they listed, Cadet “A” claimed one instructor “chest bumped her before she slid down the fire pole to motivate her to slide down."

Meanwhile, Cadet "B" alleged that an instructor "put his hand on her shoulder and stroked her hair and neck, while telling her he liked her hair."

Councilman Tommy Wells called for the investigation after the allegations surfaced, but the instructors denied any wrongdoing. In fact, one of them indicated that the cadets had outright fabricated the allegations.

The document concluded by stating that there was a “lack of sufficient evidence for OIG investigators to find a basis to conclude that the conduct, while potentially inappropriate, rose to a level constituting sexual harassment..."

However, the parent of one of the cadets who did allege harassment is not satisfied, telling ABC7 News that she is “disappointed” in the findings:

“It's unfortunate for the victims to know that this can happen and nothing will be done about it."