Former Aide Says She Was Sexually Harassed for Years at Philadelphia Police Internal Affairs

Plus: Detectives bust people scamming Comcast, Victorino might return to the Phillies, a cross-dressing robber hits a Center City restaurant, and more of what the city is talking about today.

Sexual Harassment at Internal Affairs? A former aide at Internal Affairs in the Philadelphia Police Department has alleged that she was coerced into a sexual relationship to keep her job. She says that Staff Inspector Jerrold Bates fondled her and said that if she had a problem with it, he could replace her. The aide goes on to say that she had a sexual relationship for more than three years with Bates—a married, 21-year veteran of the PPD—so that she could keep her job. [Daily News]

Victorino Back to the Phils? Shane Victorino’s wife was at a luncheon with Atlantic City Alliance President Liza Cartmell on Friday when she mentioned that her husband will be a free agent at the end of the season and that, “you never know what Ruben has up his sleeve.” [Philly Gossip]

Five Charged in Comcast Cable Scam. Five men have been charged in a scheme to bilk Comcast out of money that the cable giant earns by overpricing cable to people who don’t have much of a choice totally deserves. People were solicited on the street, and at salons and bars to have discounts applied to their Comcast bills in exchange for a fee. The men involved supposedly accessed Comcast’s system with the computer identification of some of the company’s employees. Police are looking for 17 more people in the area who they believe were involved with the scheme. [Inquirer]

Hamels Tosses Shutout. The Phils blanked the Braves last night on the back of a complete game, five-hit effort from Cole Hamels. Dom Brown had an RBI double, and Ryan Howard put one in the seats to give the Phils the 3-0 victory. [Phillies]

Cross-Dressing Robber at Restaurant. A man dressed as a woman tied a manager up and emptied $22,000 out of the safe at Fogo de Chao before a scuffle prompted him to bail, leaving the money and part of his ensemble behind. He did manage to spray pepper spray in the building before he left though, so the restaurant was evacuated. [Fox 29]

Flowers Make You Feel Safe. A new study from researchers at Penn reiterates the point that sprucing up vacant lots makes people feel safer and cuts down on crime. Good thing Philly isn’t full of vacants. Oh, wait. [Inquirer]

Kittens Safe at Einstein Medical Center. The people at Einstein Medical Center have announced that residents will no longer learn to insert breathing tubes into babies by practicing on adorable little kittens. Score one for the Internet. [Inquirer]