New York City is denying responsibility after two Manhattan special victims unit detectives—Officer Lukasz Skorzewski and Lt. Adam Lamboy—took a rape victim on a 10-hour bar crawl and brought her back to a hotel room where she woke up being groped by Skorzewski.

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“Lamboy and Skorzewski were not acting under the color of state law because (the victim) does not allege sufficient facts to find plausibly that they invoked the authority of the NYPD when they engaged in conduct prohibited by the NYPD,” claim city lawyers. “The NYPD does not have an obligation to train officers not to commit sexual assault because it is an obvious criminal act.”

The 25-year-old victim (name withheld) is suing Skorzewski, Lamboy, and the city for $3 million after Skorzewski and Lamboy flew out to Seattle in early July to interview her about being raped in her Union Square apartment in January 2015. On July 6, the day following their interview, the detectives took the victim on the 10-hour bar crawl and convinced her to come back to their Embassy Suites hotel room to sleep. The woman alleges that she was awoken at 10 a.m. by Skorzewski, who groped her for a full half hour and attempted to tear off her clothes. She also claims that Skorzewski told her that she was his “favorite victim” and that what he was doing couldn’t “leave this room.”

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In her suit, the victim’s lawyer argues that the NYPD “failed to establish guidelines, train or discipline its officers for sexual police misconduct.”

(Skorzewski is countersuing for defamation.)

Following the incident, Lamboy and Skorzewski—who both admitted to “departmental charges of prohibited conduct”—were demoted, transferred out of the SVU, and suspended. Neither were fired by the NYPD, but Lamboy has since retired.


Contact the author at madeleine@jezebel.com.

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