Criminal justice official fired for remark during meeting

March 23, 2018 - 11:36 am

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State officials say a top New York forensic science administrator found to have sexually harassed co-workers has been fired from his job for an inappropriate remark made during a meeting.

The Department of Criminal Justice Services told the Times Union of Albany that Brian Gestring was fired Thursday, four days after the newspaper reported a state inspector general's investigation found he had threatened female employees with physical violence and sexual harassed others.

DCJS spokeswoman Janine Kava told the Times Union that Gestring was fired for an inappropriate remark made at an "offsite work meeting" in June 2017. Details of the remark weren't released.

Kava said the firing wasn't related to the sexual harassment investigation.

Gestring was director of the agency's Office of Forensic Science. A phone number for him isn't listed.

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