A 15-year-old girl has lodged a sexual assault complaint against a Georgia police officer. The accused said the police officer is now under investigation.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Girl, 15, says police officer sexually assaulted her for hours; GBI investigating: <a href="https://t.co/luftWu0N5x">https://t.co/luftWu0N5x</a>. <a href="https://t.co/I0APVAB2WZ">pic.twitter.com/I0APVAB2WZ</a></p>— WSB Radio (@wsbradio) <a href="https://twitter.com/wsbradio/status/1031841103912337408?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 21, 2018</a></blockquote>
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The girl’s family got her a lawyer, Thomas Reynolds, and he believes that his client may have been targeted by the accused officer. Reynolds told local media that he believes that the teen, another girl, and two boys may have been followed from a Waffle House by the East Point police officer.
The group stopped at Sykes Park, and the officer in question used that chance to approach them. The lawyer said the officer let the three other people go, but not the 15-year-old girl. Instead, the officer detained the alleged victim for “violating curfew.”
The teen’s nightmare started after that. The lawyer said the suspect then brought the girl to the Village of Highlands apartment complex where he sexually assaulted her for hours. Reynolds said the officer brought the girl home to her apartment after three hours.
The girl’s mother told a local media that her daughter was terrified but divulged the horrifying ordeal. The mother said: “She just broke down and was crying.”
East Point police Chief Tommy Gardner confirmed that his department received a complaint of sexual misconduct against one of its officers. The still unnamed officer was immediately placed on administrative leave with pay.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has stepped in to conduct the investigation.