Myndon Police Chief Chris O’Connell said Tuesday that he is filing a formal complaint with the Justice Department about a sexual harassment complaint filed by a retired Herndons doctor, who has worked in the VA since 2002.
The complaint alleges that Dr. Kevin B. Meyers made sexual advances toward two women, according to the letter, which was obtained by USA TODAY.
The retired doctor was fired last year after he was charged with three counts of making a false statement to federal investigators.
He has not yet entered a plea.
The letter from O’Donnell’s office says Meyers “has a history of making unwelcome sexual advances and has made comments of a sexual nature” toward the women, who were not named.
“I don’ want to be associated with this individual,” O’Neil said Tuesday.
“I have no tolerance for behavior like this.”
Myndon police Chief Chris R. O’Neill, center, shakes hands with Dr. Meyer after his termination.
Myndons police chief said Tuesday he is seeking to file a complaint against Meyers.
(Photo: Mike Groll/USA TODAY NETWORK-Tennessee)The retired surgeon’s attorney, Daniel J. Kranz, said in a statement that he was “deeply saddened” by the accusations.
“Dr. Meers has apologized for any hurt that this has caused his patients and the public,” he said.
“Dr. Krasner and his family have also been greatly affected by this situation.”
O’Neil has called Meyers a “great person” and an “excellent doctor.”
Owing to the seriousness of the allegations, the city of Herndonic is reviewing its response to the complaint.
The Herndonies, a county about 45 miles northwest of Nashville, are about 25 miles from Herndonia, the capital of Tennessee.
The mayor, the state’s second-largest city, has been briefed on the allegations and the department will be reviewing the case to determine what further action can be taken, according a statement from Mayor Michael W. Oates.
In an interview with The Tennessean newspaper Tuesday, Meyers apologized for the conduct of the alleged incident and said that the city will cooperate fully with any investigations.
“It was a stupid thing to do, and I’m not proud of it,” Meyers told the newspaper.
“The city of Nashville has done everything that I can to make sure nothing like this ever happens again,” Meers added.
“And it’s going to continue to do that until the day I die.”
I don,t want to go through the pain of what my family and I went through.
My family is still hurting.
But I can’t let them feel the pain.
Theyre hurting me, too.
It’s just like being with a loved one.
-Herndon Mayor Michael J. Olesford, center (Photo by Jeff Roberson/Getty Images)In a statement Tuesday, the department said it “conducted an internal review and will take any appropriate action.”
“I want to emphasize that we take allegations of sexual harassment seriously and will cooperate with any law enforcement investigation,” the statement said.