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Report: Former police captain had sex on duty

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NEW BRITAIN, CT (AP) -

An internal investigation has found a former police captain had sex while on duty numerous times, including twice while on overtime.
    
The former captain, Anthony Paventi, retired in December after the investigation was launched into allegations of improper behavior.
    
A report of the investigation, released Tuesday, found Paventi rented rooms at the Days Inn on the Berlin Turnpike 15 times for sexual trysts while on the clock during an 18-month span.
    
Messages seeking comment were left Wednesday morning with two attorneys who have represented Paventi during the investigation.
    
The New Britain Herald reported Paventi is receiving a pension of about $51,000 a year and seven years of health benefits.
    
Police Acting Chief James Wardwell called the conduct attributed to Paventi unacceptable and said the police department is "committed to forging a new path in the future."
    
The internal report said the 42-year-old Paventi's behavior was egregious.
    
"The conduct has brought discredit to Capt. Paventi and the New Britain Police Department," it said.
    
Allegations came to light last year when a New Britain woman gave a deposition in support of two federal lawsuits filed by four female police officers alleging that police command staff ignored complaints of sexual harassment and retaliated against those who spoke up, the newspaper reported. Only one of the four female officers remains with the department.
    
The Hartford Courant reported that Wardwell, the acting chief, apologized to New Britain residents for Paventi's alleged behavior.
    
"It isn't representative of the good men and women I'm proud to work with," he said.

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