Former cop charged in sex crimes out of jail

Former cop charged in sex crimes out of jail (Image 1)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A decommissioned Metro police officer has bonded out of jail nearly one week after he surrendered himself on sex crime charges while on duty.

Jeffrey Poole, 39, was booked into the Metro jail last Friday on a 12-count grand jury indictment that includes charges of rape, sexual battery, patronizing prostitution and official misconduct.

The indictment names four women, three of whom have histories of prostitution.

Metro police said their investigation into Poole began in April when a 27-year-old woman reported that he, while on duty, stopped her on the street and fondled her while patting her down.

The woman, who is known to be a prostitute, said he appeared to make verbal advances toward her, but she rejected them.

Detectives also interviewed three other women who alleged that Poole had sexual contact with them in 2009 while on duty.

Poole graduated from the police academy in March 2008.  He worked with the East Precinct before being transferred to the South Precinct in January.

He was decommissioned and ordered to stay away from police department facilities on May 18.

Poole is scheduled to appear in a Davidson County courtroom for an arraignment next Wednesday at 9 a.m.

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