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Officer accusing Willie Lovett of sexual harassment to appeal termination

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Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Officer Trina Mayes was suspended prior to dismissal late Friday.

City spokesman Bret Bell said Mayes' suspension stems from violations of the police department's General Standards of Conduct and is not related to her sexual harassment accusations against former police chief Willie Lovett.

Lovett abruptly retired shortly after the allegation was made public.

According to Bell, city investigation revealed that Mayes associated with a known felon and lied about it, both violations of department policy.

Mayes' attorney, Will Claiborne, is claiming retaliation.

"These matters were investigated in 2007," Claiborne said.  ‘My client was cleared at that time. The only thing that has changed since then is my client came forward and reported sexual harassment. To fire someone who had the courage to come forward and report sexual harassment is despicable, and the city will soon see the day that they regret this stupid act of retaliation."

Mayes will appeal the termination according to Claiborne. If she loses the appeal, she will be terminated from employment.

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