Galveston officials investigate GPD EEOC complaint

GPD employee alleges racial, sexual discrimination against former chief


GALVESTON COUNTY, Texas – The city of Galveston was served with a written EEOC complaint Jan. 4 by Annie Almendarez, an employee with the Galveston Police Department.

The complaint alleges racial and sexual discrimination against the department's former chief, Henry Porretto. The complaint alleges that jobs and promotions were taken or withheld when sexual relations between Porretto and Almendarez ceased.

The city was informed of the allegations last September and immediately placed Porretto on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

Porretto chose to retire shortly after.

Almendarez told a city investigator that the sexual encounters were consensual.

"That is when it started," Almendarez said. "It was more of if I can get him. And I got him, then once it started happening then it started going from the kiss to the oral sex to actual sexual intercourse, then in my mind, you know what, I got him right where I want him."

The city said its position is that when it learned of a possible violation of Title VII, it responded promptly and began an investigation of the matter. Officials said the investigation revealed that there was a consensual relationship between them.

The departure of Porretto eliminated any need for continued investigation of the matter, the city said.