Officer in open TSU sex assault is former Metro cop with multiple infractions

Lewis Lawrence
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – According to a Tennessee State University police report, on the morning of Nov. 20, 2014, Sgt. Lewis Lawrence observed a male student having sex with a female student in a car.

Sgt. Lawrence wrote on the report that the female “was very intoxicated and passed out during this sex act.”

He signed the report as the approving supervisor on the case.

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Before coming to TSU, Lawrence was a Metro police officer for 26 years, first hired in 1985.

In that time, Officer Lawrence was disciplined for multiple departmental infractions.

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According to one internal report with Metro Nashville Police Department, Lawrence went to a woman’s place of employment in 1990 and “pushed her several times,” telling her he was “her worst enemy.”

He was suspended for 10 days.

In 2008, another internal Metro police report notes Lawrence was suspended for 5 days from his vacation for sitting on the lap of a Metro employee with whom he did not have a close relationship.

The report indicates there was a second unwanted encounter where he hugged a woman, placing his face within inches of hers.

Another internal report from 2011 indicates Officer Lawrence made unwanted advances, kissing a woman, while working an unauthorized extra duty job while in uniform at a Nashville hotel.

The report says he improperly used the department’s computer to access the woman’s personal information, and that he approached her at her apartment complex to help her unload groceries.

The woman asked how he knew where she lived, and Metro’s internal report indicates Lawrence said he was driving through her neighborhood.

After this infraction, Officer Lawrence was suspended for 30 days without pay after which he agreed to resign from the department as a whole.

Now he works at TSU where part of his duties includes investigating sexual assaults on campus.

So far, News 2’s repeated requests to talk to the police or President Glenda Glover about this case have been denied.

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