ALBANY — A top official at the state Division of Criminal Justice Services was fired Thursday, four days after the Times Union reported that he was never punished by the agency after an inspector general’s investigation found that he had threatened female employees with physical violence and engaged in years of sexual harassment.
A spokeswoman for DCJS issued a statement Thursday evening claiming the termination of Brian J. Gestring, the director of the the agency’s Office of Forensic Science since 2012, was unrelated to the inspector general’s findings, which she said their agency could not substantiate.
Gestring, 48, a former New York Police Department scientist, is also a member of the state’s Commission on Forensic Science, which oversees crime laboratories across New York. He will be required to step down from that post due to his termination.
The examination of Gestring’s alleged workplace misconduct began last May when investigators with the inspector general’s office stumbled onto the charges during an unrelated probe of negligence by a DCJS employee involving DNA evidence in a Suffolk County criminal case.