With just 20 days before the election, allegations of harassment from 2010 have resurfaced to haunt a board of trustees candidate.
Candidate Frank Flores Jr. who was a temporary assistant director of aquatics from August to December 2010, was fired after allegations of verbal harassment made to campus police and human resources, according to President Robert Breuder.
The allegations against Flores came back to the public eye in a March 20 Daily Herald article titled “COD candidate was fired for sexual harassment claims.”
Flores, who is endorsed by the COD Faculty Association, said the timing of the resurfaced allegations were politically motivated in an era tense relations between faculty and administration.
“It wouldn’t be happening otherwise,” Flores said.
Breuder denies leaking the information on Flores, but he said that the report came out via two Freedom of Information Act requests. Breuder did not name the request sources.
According to an Oct. 30, 2010, campus police report, a female swimmer at the campus pool complained of repeated verbal harassment from Flores.
According to the report, Flores told the complainant, “I pee’d in the pool,” and on a separate occasion, he knelt down by the edge where the woman was swimming and said, “I want to taste you.”
In a separate incident, a lifeguard working with Flores came to a human resources worker and told her that Flores was making harassing comments to her as well, according to Breuder.
Flores denies the allegations and calls them baseless. Flores also notes that he was never charged with a crime and that the lifeguards did not like him since he replaced a favorite aquatics assistant.
The impact of the allegations against Flores won’t be known until the election.
In the meantime, voters have to evaluate Flores’ candidacy, Breuder said. “This is a questioning of moral character.”
Despite the negative attention, Flores said he would continue his campaign.
“I am going to fight until April 9,” Flores said.
For a copy of the 2010 campus police report on Frank Flores, visit CODCOURIER.ORG