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Cleveland Police Chief Wes Snyder knew about claims of statutory rape against officers

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Cleveland, Tenn., Police Chief Wes Snyder is seen in this file photo.  By Dick Cook/ Times Free Press Cleveland, Tenn., Police Chief Wes Snyder is seen in this file photo. By Dick Cook/ Times Free Press

CLEVELAND, BRADLEY COUNTY, TN (TIMES FREE PRESS) -- Recent court testimony indicates that Cleveland, Tenn., Police Chief Wes Snyder knew of allegations of statutory rape and drug abuse against some of his officers in 2008 but did not launch a direct investigation into the claims.

The officers later were arrested, fired and pleaded guilty to sex acts with teenage girls.

Testifying Nov. 17 in an employment lawsuit filed by former Cleveland detective Duff Brumley, Cleveland Assistant Police Chief Gary Hicks described a hostile work climate and said Snyder showed animosity toward Brumley leading up to the officer's 2010 firing.

While testifying about events in the department connected to Snyder, Hicks said that, before May 2008, the department had received complaints that some of its officers were having sex with teenage girls and providing them alcohol. The complaints also said the officers illegally were abusing prescription medications such as hydrocodone, Hicks testified.

Read more about this story from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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