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Detective to file harassment lawsuit?

Police Chief Willie Lovett retired on Friday. Police Chief Willie Lovett retired on Friday.
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The attorney representing Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Detective Trina Mayor claims she was sexually harassed by now-former Police Chief Willie Lovett.

Lovett abruptly retired late Friday after the allegation first became public. The city says they're still actively investigating the harassment claim.

Mayes' attorney has sent a letter to the city Wednesday saying his client intends to sue.

In that letter, Mayes claims a conspiracy among metro police. Her husband Sgt. Laprentice Mayes is making claims of his own.

In a complaint filed with the city's human resources department, Mayes says his wife had an affair with the chief.

Laprentice Mayes claimed the chief refused to promote his wife to sergeant after she cut off the affair, and that another officer - a metro captain - arranged the whole thing. The complaint alleges that captain called Trina Mayes to say the chief liked her outfit and asked if he could give the chief her number. Then, according to the complaint, after the affair was over, called on behalf of the chief to say loved her and missed her. 

"Both of them have been victims of a hostile work environment and issues having to do with sexual harassment and inappropriate advances and touching and things of that nature. And we would like very much for people to give them the space and time that they're going to need to heal from what they've been subjected to. We understand, we're in our preliminary investigation, that this pattern of behavior may have occurred over a number of years, and there may be multiple victims," said William Claiborne, attorney for Trina Mayes.

Lovett retired Friday, hours after these allegations first came to light. WTOC reached out to him and to his attorney, but haven't heard anything back yet. 

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