UPDATE: Woman says a former Chattanooga police officer raped her, suing the city of Chattanooga
UPDATE: A woman says a former Chattanooga police officer raped her, and now she is suing the city claiming the department knew about what happened.
The lawsuit is 15 pages long. It identifies the woman as K.B and claims Logan raped her in a parking lot after he arrested her at a gas station.
“After this happened, she is taken to jail and she's traumatized. You know strip searched and she's telling people the whole time what happened that she has been raped,” Attorneys Christopher and Dominick Smith said. “There is a prolonged sort of after the fact suffering in this particular case that is devastating we think.”
The Smiths of David Randolph Smith and Associates, are two of five attorneys representing the victim. Over the phone, they explained Logan is not the only one responsible.
“The city as his employer, they are responsible for his wrongful conduct.”
The suit makes it clear Logan maintained his role as a police officer during the incident with the victim. But it also states the city condoned this kind of behavior in the past. Citing two other incidents regarding Logan. The lawsuit also quotes police Chief David Roddy saying this was the first report of sexual misconduct against Logan.
“The city knew about Logan's history and if they had done something this would not have happened. I can't really speak to exactly how this has affected our client, but generally, this is a very horrible traumatic event that has repercussions for years or even their entire life.”
The Smith's say their goal is to hold Logan and the city accountable.
“Ideally, she would be awarded damages; compensated for what happened and the city would be more vigilant to prevent this type of behavior in the future,” the victim's attorneys said.
Logan resigned in February after he was put on leave during an internal affairs investigation.
We reached out to the Chattanooga Police Department's spokesperson for comment. The following statement was sent:
"It is difficult for the Chattanooga Police Department to comment on open, ongoing federal and local investigations. However, the CPD maintains we were informed of the officer's actions on the night of June 13, 2018 and immediately placed him on administrative leave. Since that time CPD has and will continue to fully cooperate with the investigating agencies. "
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The allegations are detailed in a federal lawsuit filed Monday. Officer Desmond Logan is accused of raping three women in his custody, and he was fired in 2016 from his side job at the University of Tennessee, where he was accused of harassing a woman. All said they notified Chattanooga police.
But the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that Logan wasn't officially investigated until one of them went to the county sheriff, saying she was raped last June.
The police chief then denied that Logan had a history of complaints. The lawsuit suggests otherwise.
Logan was put on leave and resigned in February before he could be fired.
Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com
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