ROLESVILLE, N.C. — A former police officer says a North Carolina town's police chief touched him inappropriately days before he died by suicide.
Media outlets report Nicholas Zappia sued the town of Rolesville on Monday, seeking unspecified damages.
The lawsuit says Police Chief Bobby Langston II arranged to lift a hiring freeze so Zappia could become an officer in August 2016.
The two attended training in Charlotte in March 2017 and shared a hotel room, per town policy. Zappia says Langston groped him, apologizing the next morning.
Zappia returned to Rolesville to resign and filed a written complaint. Langston was found dead of what authorities say was a self-inflicted gunshot wound later that month.
Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles referred the media's questions to Town Attorney David York, who couldn't be reached.