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Guaynabo Mayor Hector O’Neill Forced To Resign Over ‘Lewd Acts’ Directed At Female Cop

SAN JUAN — A judge in Puerto Rico says there’s enough evidence to arrest a well-known former mayor accused of sexually harassing a policewoman.

Hector O’Neill faces seven charges including sexual abuse and lewd acts. He was being held Tuesday on a $50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court for a Jan. 4 hearing.

Police investigated claims that he paid nearly a half million dollars to the police officer and her boyfriend. O’Neill has said the case was privately resolved and that no public funds were used.

O’Neill resigned in June after serving more than two decades as mayor of the wealthy city of Guaynabo just southwest of the U.S. territory’s capital.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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