Indianapolis National Weather Service chief cleared in sexual harassment probe

Daniel McCarthy remains silent about case

INDIANAPOLIS - The National Weather Service has reinstated its top official at the Indianapolis weather forecast station nearly two months after he was removed from the job amid sexual harassment allegations.

The Call 6 Investigators first reported in February that Meteorologist in Charge Daniel McCarthy, 56, had been removed from his post while allegations from a female subordinate were under investigation.

Police got involved when the 32-year-old subordinate reported that a co-worker's wife started sending her threats on Facebook in connection with the case.

The alleged victim declined to comment when reached by Call 6 Investigators.

National Weather Service headquarters spokesman Chris Vaccaro wrote in an e-mail, "An investigation has been completed and Mr. McCarthy has returned to his duties. In accordance to the Privacy Act, we cannot comment further. As always, the forecast office remains focused on protecting lives and property across central Indiana."

When the allegations first surfaced, McCarthy's attorney said he was innocent of any misconduct. When reached in his office after returning to work, McCarthy declined to speak about the allegations any further.  

"We keep everything internal, so I have no other comment," he said.

A weather service employee who is familiar with the case said McCarthy was cleared of any misconduct because there were no witnesses to an exchange between him and the subordinate, which was the center of the allegations against him. The employee spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The employee said the alleged victim remains on the job working for McCarthy.

McCarthy was named meteorologist in charge for Indianapolis in July 2007, managing about 25 government weather forecasters.

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