You knew this was coming.
When Portland Police Officer Joseph Wild was sentenced to prison
last fall for making sexually harassing phone calls to 10 females — including minors, a family member and police recruits — it was only a matter of time before the lawsuits would fly.
In some calls, he threatened rape. In others, he claimed he saw the victim naked. Wild made some of the calls while on duty, using his city-issued cell phone.
And sure enough, the City of Portland has been hit with a notice that at least one of the victims intends to sue for an unspecified sum.
In a tort claim
(PDF) filed with the city last month, an attorney claims his client was an intoxicated minor when Wild contacted her on duty March 23, 2009.
According to the tort claim — which we've redacted to protect the victim's identity — Wild took the girl to Harry's Mother, a homeless shelter in Northeast Portland.
The next day Wild called the girl on his bureau-issued cell phone and told her that he'd had sex with her the night before, the tort claim says. The victim went to the hospital for a sexual-assault exam, according to the tort claim.
The tort claim says Wild called the victim two more times to harass her, causing her "severe distress."
The tort claim says the victim reserves the right to pursue a negligence claim against the city, the police and Wild.
The city does not comment on pending litigation.