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Cleveland Police Chief Denies "Cover up"

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CLEVELAND, BRADLEY COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -- Cleveland's police chief says he had no idea two of his officers were doing drugs and having sex with teenage girls. 

An article recently published in a local newspaper says Chief Wes Snyder knew about the misconduct.

The chief denies all wrong-doing saying he had no prior knowledge of misconduct.

On Wednesday, he responded to the accusations against him and his department. 

IN A STATEMENT, HE BASHED A NEWSPAPER WRITER AND SAID HE'S CLEAR OF A COVER UP AND THAT HE DISCIPLINED THE OFFICERS PROPERLY.

Cleveland Police Chief Wes Snyder walked to a podium and read a piece of paper to tell his side.

"The allegations are inaccurate and totally irresponsible," Snyder says.

This comes in response to coverage about court testimony.

Assistant Police Chief Gary Hicks testified during a November 2008 court hearing for the criminal case against two officers.

Under oath, he reportedly says, "Before May 2008 the department had received complaints that some of its officers were having sex with teenage girls and providing them alcohol."

Later it was revealed Officers Dennis Hughes and Nathan Thomas were indeed guilty of drug and rape charges.

A recent article by our partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press cited testimony stating: "Snyder showed animosity towards a third officer who was eventually fired in 2010."

Snyder says he had no prior knowledge of the officers' misconduct with drugs and underage girls until after the TBI investigation.

"No one at the administrative level including myself had knowledge of any cover up," Snyder says.

Snyder says the situation was handled by the book.

"Those individuals were dealt with according to the laws of this state and the policies of this city."

The Times Free Press released a statement Wednesday saying "The information for this story originated from court testimony. The Times Free Press stands by its reporter and the information published."

Chief Snyder would not answer any of our questions but Channel 3 has also requested a copy of the internal investigation.

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