After fighting a former Philadelphia Police Detective, Michele Vandergrift tooth and nail, the City of Philadelphia Vandergrift-Settlement-Agreementcase against the Police Department and Chief Inspector Carl Holmes for $1,250,000.
Holmes has been accused of being a serial sexual predator but a number of women. Vandergrift alleged she was sexually assaulted by Holmes by Chief Inspector Holmes and experienced a hostile work environment by other officers.
Vandegrift further alleged in the complaint that Holmes “wanted to know how wet she was” and that he inserted his finger into her vagina. The complaint also alleges that he pulled his hand out, tasted his finger, and remarked “it tasted good”. This allegedly happened in his office while they were both working. The complaint then goes on to name 24th District officers and Southwest Detectives, both places where Vandegrift worked, who engaged in highly inappropriate, and in some cases, criminal sexual behavior.
The complaint is a salacious and disgusting account of what became a nightmare for Michele Vandegrift. Read Complaint Here
Holmes has been accused of misconduct on numerous occasions. Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey demoted him in 2008 after Holmes admitted he had concensual sex in a police vehicle. The problem in that case was another officer claimed that Holmes attempted to rape her in the car. As a result of the investigation into this complaint, Holmes city car was impounded and forensic evidence found “seminal stains containing spermatozoa”. The departments’ Internal Affairs Department made no attempt to locate or even name this “civilian” employee, to ensure her safety, or that “consensual” sex even took place.
Officer Christina Hayburn, alleged that Holmes sexually assaulted her in 2006. The suit states that in Holmes chased Hayburn as she was trying to leave a bar, pulled her into his vehicle and “began kissing her “really hard” as he touched her breasts and put his hands on the outside of her pants toward her genitals.” It should be noted that Carl Holmes is a 6-foot-6, 280-pound former offensive tackle for Temple University. One can easily see how this imposing figure would have no problem overpowering a woman. Account of Officer Hayburn’s incident here.
The suit further alleges that during this encounter, Holmes “digitally penetrated her vagina, after which he pulled out his penis and placed Officer Hayburn’s hand on top of it”. Hayburn stated she said “No”, after he attempted to have intercourse and oral sex, but that Holmes “eventually ejaculated”
Holmes was never charged with a crime, despite the allegations that he “digitally penetrated” one of his victims. In fact, the case was allegedly never turned over to the District Attorney’s Office for charges.
Vandegrift has agreed to resign from the Department as part of the settlement and will not work for other law enforcement agencies of the City. The City will not provide any negative references for future employers about Vandegrift.
The monetary award according to the settlement will be $750,000 directly to Vandegrift in back pay and $500,000 will go to her attorneys.
Chief Inspector Carl Holmes is currently assigned to the Regional Operations Command-North. A position in which he can still carry on his lecherous behavior upon other officers.
The problem that is systemic when there is a power structure, as we have seen with the recent resignations of Al Franken (D) of Minnesota, Rep. Trent Franks (R) of Arizona and Rep. John Conyers (D) of Michigan. Not to mention the avalanche that began with Harvey Weinstein, Head Hollywood Pervert.
Carl Holmes should be held accountable for his actions. Sex scandals have bought down greater men than Carl Holmes. This forum has written about many other bad actors within the department which also resulted in payouts. Those Commanders are currently in positions where they interact with possible future victims.
Policy changes have alleged occurred as a result of the large payout.