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Family defends business from allegations of Chattanooga police officer

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -  A Chattanooga family is defending their business from the words of a Chattanooga police officer.

The officer claims the restaurant runs an illegal gambling strip club after hours. That same officer is currently being investigated for inappropriate sexual contact with a woman whose rape case he was handling.

The 19 page complaint spells out how the alleged relationship between the woman and detective unfolded.

The woman in the rape case says Detective Karl Fields met with her at El Meson in Hixson on June 25th for an interview about her case but then came on to her about a romantic relationship.

Her complaint goes on to say fields said he was the “eyes and ears” for the after-hours club.

Raul Ruiz says it's always been his father's dream to own and operate a family restaurant.

“Why he would say something like that, we just don't know,” Ruiz said.

Ruiz and his three brothers have owned and operated El Meson Resturante with their father for 21 years. The family stays busy running two locations, but is proud to give back to police, fire and military service members.

“They're out there fighting for us, taking care of us. It's his way of giving back, especially in this community that's been so great to us,” he added.

Which is why they were shocked to learn earlier this week of allegations that they family's Hixson location ran a gambling-strip club after-hours. Especially since the claims came from Chattanooga Police Officer Karl Fields.

“We were distraught. It was very unfortunate that he said that. Again, we take care of our service people, so why would he says something like that? We just don't know,” Ruiz said.

Ruiz says his family has worked hard to create a family friendly environment and believes the community will continue to support his father's dream.

Chattanooga Police confirm the Hixson location does not have an violations with the Chattanooga Beer Board.

Channel 3 tried to reach Detective Fields for comment, but our attempts were unsuccessful.
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