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Officer says Brame asked for group sex

A female Tacoma police officer says Police Chief David Brame offered to promote her in exchange for group sex, sources have told The News Tribune.

The woman, a veteran of the department, reportedly rebuffed Brame's advance and later was promoted anyway, sources said.

The allegation is outlined in a complaint the woman filed last week with the city's Human Resources Department.

The News Tribune, which reported the complaint Thursday, is not naming the woman or disclosing her rank to protect her privacy.

Her allegation of group sex mirrors an allegation Brame's wife, Crystal, outlined in divorce papers filed in February, when she sought to leave her husband of 11 years.

Crystal Brame said her husband choked her, threatened her with a gun and tried to force her to have group sex.

Human Resources director Phil Knudsen, whose office is overseeing the sexual harassment investigation, would not identify the woman or disclose details of the case.

Knudsen said Friday he's seeking advice on what he will release under state disclosure laws to news organizations, including The News Tribune.

"We have an obligation as a caring employer to try and do what we can to respect the privacy of our employees," he said.

Officials also fear that disclosing the complaint might deter others from filing workplace discrimination complaints.

The News Tribune is seeking a copy of the complaint to report on what abuses, if any, occurred during Brame's 15 months as chief.

Martha Modeen: 253-597-8646