UPDATE: Woman accuses CPD officer of rape, attorney confirms
UPDATE: A law firm in Nashville confirms it is representing a woman who says an on-duty Chattanooga Police officer raped her last month.
Chad Phillips, an attorney with Sutherland & Belk, PLC, identifies the officer as Desmond Logan, who is part of an active and ongoing investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.
“These allegations are truly concerning; as is the severe emotional distress our client continues to endure,” Phillips said in an email to Channel 3. “Our hearts are heavy with grief for her and her family. Victims of sex crimes and their families are often scared to report a crime to police without fully understanding their rights and the legal process. Pursuing civil claims and criminal charges are two of the many options in ensuing a victims safety, punishing those responsible, and making the victim whole. We are currently conducting our own investigation. "
Matt Lea, spokesperson for the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, declined to comment saying the district attorney’s office directed him not to speak on the open investigation.
In June, Chattanooga Police Chief David Roddy called a rare Saturday press conference to report internal and criminal investigations into claims of sexual misconduct against one of his officers. The alleged victim reported the assault to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office three days before the press conference.
Internal affairs documents, obtained by Channel 3, match that timeline. Those documents show an internal affairs investigation was launched against Officer Desmond Logan for an alleged “criminal offense” and “improper procedure.”
The Chattanooga Police Department would not release Logan’s name in June, citing the ongoing investigation. Tuesday, a spokesperson declined to confirm what internal affairs documents show, in accordance with department policy on active internal affairs investigations.
No criminal charges have been filed against the officer, who has not responded to Channel 3’s attempts to reach him.
According to the department, Logan remains on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
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A woman claims she was sexually assaulted a few days ago by the officer.
Police are not releasing the officer’s name because the investigation is still ongoing, and as of now, no criminal charges have been filed.
The victim reported the alleged assault to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, June 13. At this time, it's not clear if that was the day of the assault.
Chief David Roddy called a Saturday press conference to report internal and criminal investigations into claims of sexual misconduct against one of his officers.
“That officer will be questioned,” Chief Roddy said. “His or her actions will be investigated, and if found true, that officer will be held accountable.”
The officer was on duty during the time of the alleged incident.
The officer has been with the police department since 2014 and has been assigned to the neighborhood policing unit.
Roddy says he has no other complaints like this one on file.
“He will remain on leave until there is a final disposition in the internal affairs investigation,” Roddy explained.
Roddy said the leave of absence is paid as an internal process will determine department action.
The criminal investigation is being handled by the sheriff's office to determine if the officer will be charged with a crime.
“When we've had a serious investigation move towards one of our employees, it's conducted by an outside entity,” Roddy added.
Over the last few days, law enforcement officers have collected statements from both the victim and the officer.
The agencies still have more information to go through.
“Any physical evidence that may be present, any video evidence relevant to the office, whether it’s in the car camera system or body worn camera system,” Roddy said.
The police department is looking into the officer’s body camera footage to see if it was activated and what it captured.
Channel 3 will keep you updated as we learn more.