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UPDATE: Woman charged with falsifying rape report against Cleveland police officer

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UPDATE: The woman who accused a Cleveland police officer of a sexual assault has been charged with a false report, a class D felony in Tennessee.

Kimberly May Minor (aka Kimberly Cordell) appeared at SkyRidge Medical Center and reported that she had been the victim of a sexual assault. 

Minor reported to the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office that she had been raped by Carlton Walls in Sevier County. 

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation interviewed witnesses and collected evidence during their investigation.

Minor was arrested Wednesday by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. 

Her bond was set at $5,000 pending her appearance in Criminal Court for Bradley County.


PREVIOUS STORY: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents are investigating a married Cleveland police officer after allegations surfaced last week that he raped a woman while on a weekend trip.

Officer Carl Walls, who has worked at the department for nearly eight years, has not been arrested in connection to the allegations.

The investigation was opened Friday at the request of 4th District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn after a woman showed up at Skyridge Medical Center at 2 a.m. saying that she was sexually assaulted July 31 in Gatlinburg, said Josh DeVine, public information officer for TBI.

DeVine said details are limited as the investigation remains “active and ongoing.”

Walls, and another patrol officer Chad Nave, were the subject of an internal investigation at the department before the woman came forward.

Both officers are married. Both invited other women to go with them to a cabin in Gatlinburg.

The officers are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the internal affairs investigation, said Evie West, Cleveland police public information officer.


PREVIOUS STORY: "With the events we've had in the past year, it obviously will significantly impact how we deal with it," said Cleveland Interim Police Chief Mark Gibson.

Gibson calls it another "embarrassing" day for the Cleveland Police Department after two officers were placed on leave Friday. Officers Carl Walls and Chad Nave are accused of having extramarital affairs. 

Gibson said patrol Officer Carl Walls is accused of sexually assaulting one of the women last weekend. According to the police department, Walls and Nave rented a cabin in Gatlinburg last weekend to meet up with the women,  but Nave is not accused of any assault.

Gibson said their badge holds them to a higher standard.

"Their personal life, if it comes into this department, it becomes part of the department and they're going to be held accountable for that," said Gibson.

Officials with the police department said Walls came forward to his supervisor on Thursday and admitted to his ongoing affair with the 30-year-old woman.

Hours later, a police report shows the woman arrived at Sky Ridge Medical Center and handed over clothing to authorities, claiming she was sexually assaulted by a Cleveland police officer, who she identified as Walls.

While a criminal investigation will be handled by officials in Sevier County, CPD's internal investigation will focus on policy violations for the extramarital affairs.

"There was no consideration taken for his fellow officers, no consideration taken for the administration of this department, no consideration for the City of Cleveland and the embarrassment that it's going to cause," said Gibson.

While both officers remain on paid leave pending the outcome of the investigation, Gibson says there will likely be consequences for their unbecoming conduct.

"It's probably going to set a pretty significant precedent for future events," he said.

As of Friday, no criminal charges had been filed. The Sevier County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation into the alleged assault.


PREVIOUS: A married Cleveland police officer has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman he was having an extramarital affair with during a weekend getaway in Gatlinburg.

Officer Carl Walls, who has worked at the department for nearly eight years, has been placed on administrative leave.

The woman went to Skyridge Medical Center around 2 a.m. Friday morning, saying she had been assaulted by Walls in Sevier County. A miscellaneous report was filed. At this point, a report has not been filed in Sevier County where charges would be filed.

Walls, and another officer, Chad Nave, reportedly rented a cabin in Gatlinburg for a weekend trip. Both officers are married and are accused of having an extramarital affairs. Nave, has also been placed on leave, as internal investigators determine whether the officers violated department policy.

Cleveland police internal affairs investigators were already looking into whether Walls and Nave were having extramarital affairs before the woman showed up at the hospital. Since the woman came forward, Cleveland police have been in contact with the District Attorney’s Office. 

“I am embarrassed and ashamed of the unbecoming conduct of these officers. This is unacceptable behavior and will not be tolerated. We will take swift and concise action to resolve this," said Cleveland Acting Police Chief Mark Gibson. "If the investigation shows that departmental policies have been violated, it will be dealt with in the appropriate manner.  Any criminal violations will be dealt with by the District Attorney’s office in Sevier County.”

Nave, who have been with the department a little more than two years, does not have any prior internal affairs incidents. Walls had one sustained finding for conduct unbecoming two years ago after posting comments on Facebook. 

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