Apr 6, 2015
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The Contra Costa Times reported new details Monday regarding allegations that Richmond police Chief Chris Magnus made sexual advances on a former employee.

We first learned about the case over the weekend, when Chief Magnus denied the allegations on the Richmond Police Department’s Facebook page before the lawsuit was publicly revealed, calling them a new low when it comes to bogus claims.”

The Times has since located court documents from the lawsuit that offers the ex-cop’s side of the story.

Thomas Hauschild, 44, fired in 2013 after eight years with the department, claims Magnus, who is openly gay and married, inappropriately touched his arm and rubbed his upper leg. The alleged incident occurred during a period when Hauschild was assigned to conduct surveillance outside the chief’s home, the Times said. Magnus required police protection after receiving threats for being gay, the newspaper added.

Hauschild, who the lawsuit described as “one of the better performing officers,” said that after rejecting the chief’s advances, which allegedly included calls to his personal cellphone, he was thrown off the SWAT team and blocked from further advancement in the department, the newspaper reported.

Magnus denied the allegation and said Hauschild was fired “for multiple serious acts of misconduct, including domestic violence and weapons related violations.” He says he can’t be more specific about the case, but the Times reported that authorities responded to a domestic violence call at Hauschild’s home in 2012 and confiscated eight unregistered guns which Hauschild claims to have purchased from fellow Richmond cops.

Magnus told the Times the decision to fire Hauschild was not his, but rather the city manager’s following an internal investigation.

“This officer and his attorney…apparently decided to exploit the fact that as a police chief who happens to be gay, I would be ‘vulnerable’ to this particular type of accusation,” Magnus said.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.