A former East Ridge police officer has filed a lawsuit against the department because he was fired.

Adam Rose was fired in November of 2018 for having a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old high school student, who Rose says he met while working an extra job at a grocery store.

Kenny Custer, who was the acting city manager at the time, said Rose's conduct was contrary to the department's standards despite an internal affairs investigation that determined Rose had not violated any department policies or criminal laws.

Rose appealed his firing but East Ridge council members upheld his termination.

Now, Rose has filed a lawsuit in Hamilton County Circuit Court, seeking up to $450,000 for punitive damages and up to $450,000 for compensatory damages.

The following is the entire lawsuit filed on Rose’s behalf:

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