The Post has learned that the city has agreed to pay approximately $1 million to a NYPD cop who claimed that other police officers sexually assaulted her.
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Officer Danielle Campo filed a federal lawsuit in 2019 accusing a fellow cop in the 100th Precinct in Rockaway, Queens, of attempting to sexually assault her while another sexually assaulted her and the two gave him an offensive name. She said the higher-ups and her union did nothing to stop the harassment when she complained.
Now, the city has agreed to pay Campo $995,000 and one of the officers, Paul Marecki, will personally pay him $10,000, court papers show. The settlement must still be ordered by a judge.
Campo’s attorney, Rick Ostrov, told The Post that, “No amount of money can fix the mistakes I made with my client. It’s a step in the right direction.”
“This is a costly lesson for the city to learn,” the lawyer said on Thursday. “Hopefully, the city will do more to prevent sexual harassment, especially in the traditionally male-dominated field of law enforcement.”
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In the lawsuit, Campo, 41, alleged that fellow officer John Mercado once held her and demanded oral sex from her while in her car in January 2018.
She also claimed that Marecki allegedly had sex with her repeatedly, including “You know I’m a foot freak.”
Campo claimed in the suit that the two men repeatedly called her “whore” and “thunder c-t” by offensive names.
The lawsuit alleged that the higher-up and his union refused to intervene.
When she complained about Marecki to her supervisor, she told him, “Oh man, that’s scary,” adding that the police were “hiding in the trees in their backyard,” the suit states.
Campo said that after being allegedly attacked by Mercado, he began to lose his hair and got a rash all over his body. The suit states that her doctors told her it was due to stress and gave her anti-depressants.
Ostrov told The Post that Campo remains out of work on disability “due to his emotional injuries”.
According to the settlement agreement papers, the defendants continue to deny Campo’s allegations.
The NYPD deferred comment to the Law Department, saying the settlement was in the best interests of all parties.
Marecki’s lawyer did not return a request for comment on Thursday.