Lebanon officer arrested for patronizing prostitution

Lebanon officer arrested for patronizing prostitution (Image 1)

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has arrested a former Lebanon police officer on misconduct charges after an investigation was presented to the Wilson County grand jury.

Last November, the 15th Judicial District Attorney General's office requested the TBI investigate 38-year-old Steven Troy Gordon of Lebanon.

There were allegations that Gordon, a narcotics detective, was exchanging money for sex from a former confidential informant.

“This person had not been an informant for us for two months and was under investigation,” Lebanon Chief of Police Scott Bowen told Nashville's News 2.

The district attorney was alerted to the allegations by the Lebanon Police Department.

According to Chief Bowen, the alleged incident occurred while Gordon was off-duty.

“Unfortunately, we do dictate what our officers do on and off duty, and once that happens we have to police our own,” Chief Bowen said, “If one of our people do something wrong we're going to take appropriate action.”

The TBI substantiated the allegations throughout their investigation and presented the case to the grand jury last week which lead to an indictment.

Gordon was immediately placed on leave when the investigation initially began in November and has since resigned from his position.

He was arrested Monday and charged with one count of official misconduct and one count of patronizing prostitution.

Gordon was booked into the Wilson County Jail and released on a $25,000 bond.

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