NAPLES — For the second time in a month, a veteran Naples police officer has been suspended after making inappropriate comments, which were recorded on a patrol car dashboard camera and later discovered by Chief Tom Weschler.
Officer Charles Ankenbauer was suspended for one day without pay for his remarks about two female officers.
On July 3, Ankenbauer was backup on a traffic stop conducted by Officer Dave Spearman, according to an internal investigation. After the stop, Spearman and Ankenbauer talked about upcoming promotions to sergeant, and the likelihood that a female officer would be promoted.
Speaking about one of the female officers, Ankenbauer jokingly said he hoped she would be promoted so "maybe she can counsel me behind closed doors with those (breasts)." Regarding the second female officer, Ankenbauer said he knew she hadn’t applied for the promotion "but I’d sure like to get her to be my sergeant and punish me in her office."
Weschler discovered the video while conducting the same quality assurance review that caught Spearman on camera making derogatory comments about residents of a Naples apartment complex and calling another officer a "weasel." In February, Spearman was suspended for two days for his infraction.
According to reports, Ankenbauer apologized for the remarks and said it would never happen again. When told about Ankenbauer’s comments, the two female officers said they weren’t offended and hoped he wouldn’t get in trouble.
Attempts to reach Ankenbauer for comment were unsuccessful Friday. Ankenbauer started with the Naples police department in May 1996, and earns $73,146 a year.
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