Cleveland TN police chief accused of knowing about molestation & drug abuse by cops but refused to investigate claims

Recent court testimony indicates that Cleveland, Tenn., Police Chief Wes Snyder knew of allegations of statutory rape and drug abuse against some of his officers in 2008 but did not launch a direct investigation into the claims.

The officers later were arrested, fired and pleaded guilty to sex acts with teenage girls.

While testifying about events in the department connected to Snyder, Hicks said that, before May 2008, the department had received complaints that some of its officers were having sex with teenage girls and providing them alcohol. The complaints also said the officers illegally were abusing prescription medications such as hydrocodone, Hicks testified.

Snyder told him to have a meeting with the accused officers and “get their attention,” Hicks said.

In May 2008, Hicks said, he called the officers and their supervisors into the department training room and wrote on the board that the conduct had to stop or they would be fired. He said those in the room nodded their heads, but no one spoke of details.

No official investigation into the allegations ever was launched.

http://timesfreepress.com/news/2011/nov/29/cleveland-chief-knew-of-sex-claims/

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