Governor requests Justice to investigate accusations against O’Neill
SAN JUAN — In response to the allegations of a sexual harassment suit against Guaynabo mayor Héctor O’Neill, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló requested the Justice Department on Sunday to begin an investigation to clarify the veracity of the accusations.
In an official release, the governor requested Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez to proceed with the investigation on the alleged acts of laboral harassment, the alleged $300,000 settlement among the involved parties, and the origin of the funds used by the mayor to pay the monetary transaction.
“Public interest demands total transparency in this investigation and it is the government’s responsibility to ensure the investigations are made correctly and diligently, guaranteeing the rights of everyone involved in this unfortunate situation,” stated Puerto Rico’s chief executive.
The governor decreed that once the investigation has been made, the findings must be referred to the Special Independent Prosecutor’s Office (PFEI by its Spanish acronym) to “proceed as necessary.”
Earlier today, Rosselló requested O’Neill to resign the Guaynabo mayorship immediately, as well as his leadership roles in the New Progressive Party (NPP) –including the presidency of the Puerto Rico Mayors Federation–, after the mayor refused to resign and explain if, in effect, the municipal employee’s accusations against him are true.