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Today, the state of Wisconsin dismissed a complaint filed by a disgruntled Kenosha Police Officer. Officer Pep Moretti claimed that he was passed over for promotions several times because he is gay. Officer Pep Moretti, of Lindenhurst, IL, changed his name from Peter Percak in May of 2011. Moretti filed a complaint with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development on August 9, 2023. Today, the State of Wisconsin dismissed Moretti’s complaint.
In the complaint, Moretti alleged that the previous police chief, Eric Larsen, and the current police chief, Patrick Patton failed to promote him because he is gay. Moretti was hired by Kenosha Police in 2009. The City of Kenosha Police Department handles promotions in the following manner – They issue a written test and conduct interviews. The top five candidate are notified that they are in the top five. Moretti asserts that he was the top performer on the written test so he should have been promoted. The process, that is been in place for at least two decades, allows the chief to select anyone on the list of five to be promoted to Sergeant. Moretti wasn’t chosen, but he didn’t alleged any treatment in his complaint that related to him being a homosexual.
“I’ve read the complaint and it seems to be without merit,” said Kenosha City Administrator and Former Police Chief John Morrissey. Morrissey reiterated the promotion process to KCE saying that the police chief has the final say on who he or she recommends for promotion from the list of five. The recommendation then goes to the Police and Fire Commission for approval. Morrissey was pleased, but not surprised that the State of Wisconsin quickly dismissed this complaint. This complaint took five months, but complaint such as these usually takes up to a year to proceed to conclusion.
Alleged Rape Committed By Moretti
Upon learning of this complaint KCE did a background check on Moretti and obtained his KPD personnel file. KCE also obtained police reports from the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department.
Moretti’s Version of Events
On December 1, 2016, a 20-year-old named “Kyle” went to a hospital to be examined for an alleged rape. Kyle told hospital staff and police that the night before, a man he knew as “Demon Pep” came to his home, drugged him, and raped him anally. “Demon Pep” was identified by Kenosha County Sheriff’s Detectives as being 34-year-old Pep Moretti. Kyle also picked Moretti out in a photo lineup.
Kyle and Moretti both said that they had met near Pep’s home in Lindenhurst at around three o’clock in the morning while Kyle was skateboarding. Pep drove up in his Chevy Camaro and the two exchanged Snapchat accounts. Moretti told KPD Internal Affairs that he prefers snapchat because of its “anonymity.”
Kyle says that Moretti snapped him and said “Want to get drunk? I could use some ass.” Kyle agreed to let Moretti come to his house. Moretti brought with him to Kyle’s house in Twin Lakes, a six-flags cup with liquor in it. He told detectives that he always brought his own alcohol in case of date rape drugs. At one point Kyle drank from Moretti’s cup, even though Kyle was only 20. Moretti said that Kyle drank from it “without his permission.” Kyle contends that Moretti offered the drink to him willingly.
Moretti told detectives in a recorded interview, “[Kyle] came on to me, and I was like okay. I’m like that’s a little unusual and he’s like ‘sit on the bed get closer’ and I’m like. I’m like, you’re kind of like, weird like I don’t like I’m like kind of like whatever and then he did come on to me. And I was like okay and then um he’s like ‘oh I really want to perform oral sex on you’ and I was like okay. So that happened and then I’m like ‘it’s getting late like I got to get going’ and he’s like ‘oh stay of the night’ and I’m like ‘yeah I’m not staying I got to get going’ and then he walked me out to my car.”
Moretti didn’t tell detectives that he had anal sex with Kyle. He had to be prompted later in the interview. The detective asked “So, as far as having anal sex or anything you guys never did that – none of that ever happened or it did?”
“It did,” replied Moretti
“Oh, it did?” replied the detective.
“All right so that and it was totally consensual?” asked the detective.
Moretti then said “[Kyle] suggested it. I’m like yeah I’m like again I wasn’t like I don’t know just seemed like kind of weird like okay he went from ‘let’s hang out’ to all of a sudden like he really wanted to like do all this extra stuff okay and I was like I don’t know that wasn’t like my purpose for being there sure and then he kept saying something about oh you know I don’t use condoms I don’t need them blah blah blah and I’m just like that’s like I don’t know it was just it was weird.”
Moretti then told detectives that Moretti only performed anal sex on Kyle – it wasn’t reciprocal. Pep said that he had a long-term boyfriend but that the relationship was “open” and they were allowed to have sex with other men.
You can listen to the interview of Officer Moretti here:
Kyle’s Version of Events
Kyle says that when Moretti arrived to his house, Moretti offered him some of his drink that he brought to his house. Kyle said the Moretti was only taking “small sips” of the drink. Kyle said when he drank it, he almost immediately “blacked out.”
Kyle said that he regained consciousness briefly and was naked and face down on his bed. Kyle reached behind him and felt what he thought was Moretti’s penis entering his anus. He asked Moretti what was happening and Moretti said it was nothing. Kyle passed out again.
Kyle then woke up about 11:00 a.m. and he was still naked and his anus hurt and felt stretched out. He also said his room was trashed. He told a friend what happened and the friend told Kyle that he was raped. Kyle then went to the hospital. Kyle initially didn’t want to pursue charges because of the possible embarrassment. He then quickly changed his mind and wanted to pursue charges. He was adamant from the his first contact with law enforcement to his interviews with detectives that the sex was non-consensual. Kyle told police that Moretti told him he was a producer for the TV show “Chicago PD.”
The Kenosha District Attorney’s Office sent the criminal referral to the Walworth County’s DA’s Office due to a conflict. The Walworth County DA did not issue any charges for Moretti, letting him off scot free. KCE made contact with Walworth County DA Zeke Wiedenfeld (D) who declined to give a reason why hia office let the cop off with no charges Zeke also ignored a public records request for documents related to the non-prosecution. The Walworth County DA has an unwritten policy generally against prosecuting cops.
Kenosha Police Internal Affairs Investigation
At the time of the internal investigation, the current chief was a Sergeant and had no dealings with this case. Unbelievably, the Internal Affairs Sergeant at the time, exonerated Moretti, writing “Upon review of the investigation and my interview with Officer Moretti, I do not believe that Officer Moretti violated Police Department Policy and Procedures…I counseled Officer Moretti during the interview on using better judgement when engaging in off duty activities. It is my belief that Officer Moretti was very receptive to the counseling he received and the choices that he makes in the future will be carefully considered.”
Then-Chief Miskinis later writes “As I concur with your findings that no Kenosha Police Department policies were violated, this investigation is closed with no action to be taken.”
KCE did not seek comment from Chief Patton. Patton was a Sergeant at the time of these allegations and had no participation in nor knowledge of the investigation. To put it plainly, it happened under an administration two chiefs ago. Through a response to the complaint, Patton denies making the decision based on Moretti’s sexual preference.
Being a homosexual seems to be the defining characteristic in Moretti’s life. KCE was hard-pressed to find a single social media post where Moretti doesn’t mention that he is “gay”, a “gay daddy”, “gay kid”, “gay teen”, or “day dude.” Moretti DJ’s for gay dance clubs as a side business, but only works sparingly these days.
Moretti now has the option to sue the City of Kenosha in State or Federal Court but it’s unlikely given that the state panel found no probable cause. Moretti, reached by KCE, declined comment both after he filed the complaint, and after learning of its dismissal.
(Pep Moretti aka Peter Percak has not been charged or convicted of any crimes alleged in this news article. He is legally presumed innocent.)16 178337A. Redacted Water