Investigator Exclusive: Sanctions expected following Parma police golf outing

9:39 AM, Oct 8, 2010   |    comments
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Channel 3 News hidden cameras found the outing, which raised money for a police softball league, featured sexually-explicit activity and heavy drinking.

The event was organized by Parma police Sgt. Tom Siedlicki. The officer has not returned phone calls since the story first broke.

Baeppler says he and other city officials were most upset that teenagers were allowed to work at the event, which included lap dances for golfers and golfers burying their heads into the naked chests of young women.

The teenagers were members of the Parma Police Explorer Program, which offers those 15 to 21 years of age the opportunity to learn more about law enforcement work.

"Somebody dropped the ball as far as good judgment," Baeppler told the Investigator Tom Meyer.

Baeppler said the city isn't ruling out the possibility that the event would return to Parma next year, but he guaranteed that the rules would be strictly enforced, with the hiring of more security to patrol the course.

"We don't condone or allow that kind of behavior. This is a neighborhood course. This is a family atmosphere," Baeppler said.

The city has conducted an internal investigation since the Channel 3 News story first aired on Sept. 14.

Baeppler expects the probe to conclude next week.     

WKYC-TV

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