A lawsuit filed earlier this month against state Department of Public Safety and New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas, accusing the chief of discriminating against a former officer, was made public Wednesday after a judge ruled the suit had been improperly filed under seal.

The complaint, brought by former state police Officer Jessica Turner, alleges Kassetas discriminated against her because she is a woman and because the chief took issue with her fiancé, a former deputy chief with the agency who raised concerns about mishandled rape investigations, drug and alcohol use among officers, and other problems.

The state District Court lawsuit is the second complaint filed against Kassetas and the Department of Public Safety since June, when a former high-ranking official and others in the agency filed a sexual harassment suit against the chief — a 26-year state police veteran who was appointed to the top job by Gov. Susana Martinez in 2013.

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