Officer in nurse arrest was reprimanded for sex harassment

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Police documents show a Utah officer caught on video dragging a nurse from a hospital and putting her in handcuffs had previously been reprimanded for sexually harassing a female co-worker.

The records say Salt Lake City police internal affairs confirmed allegations that Detective Jeff Payne harassed a department employee in a “severe and persistent” way in 2013.

Payne’s lawyer, Greg Skordas, said Monday that while the reprimand is a problem, it’s only one part of a decorated 27-year record.

Payne’s discipline history was released in response to a public-records request from The Associated Press and other media outlets as multiple investigations into the arrest of nurse Alex Wubbels play out.

Payne handcuffed Wubbels after she refused to allow a blood to be drawn from an unconscious patient, citing hospital policy.

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