Former Metro cop admits having sexual contact with 12-year-old

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at 1:16am

A former Metro police officer charged in Clay County with aggravated sexual battery of a 12-year-old pleaded guilty to a lesser charge Monday.

James S. Stackhouse, 47, pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated sexual battery and received a three-year prison sentence along with a $1,200 fine.

As part of the plea deal, Stackhouse admitted in open court that he had sexual contact with the young victim, according to Deputy District Attorney Mark Gore of the 13th Judicial District.

On March 1, a Clay County grand jury indicted Stackhouse on two counts of aggravated sexual battery of a victim younger than 13 stemming from a May 2009 incident at the Willow Grove Campground along Dale Hollow Lake in Clay County.

The former police officer, a 17-year veteran of the force, faced eight to 12 years in prison but with the guilty plea came a reduction of one charge and the dismissal of the second.

He will now, however, have to register with the state as a sex offender.

“We were somewhat pleased with it,” Gore said. “We would have liked to have had a little bit more [of a sentence], but all in all we thought it was a pretty good resolution.”

Stackhouse resigned from the Metro Nashville Police Department in early August 2009 after the allegations surfaced. At the time of his resignation, Stackhouse was a field training officer at the Hermitage Precinct.

Gore commended the investigative work of Metro Nashville Police Department Detective Matthew King and 13th judicial District investigator Terry Hembree.


8 Comments on this post:

By: BEOWULF on 8/18/10 at 5:53

BEOWULF: Wonder how the boys in prison will enjoy this perv?

By: govskeptic on 8/18/10 at 7:44

Another light sentence and plea just because he was a police officer. Those that are given the "Public Trust" and then break it should serve more not less time. This is a constant across this state and I simply can' understand why!

By: richgoose on 8/18/10 at 7:44

It seems to me after many many years of observation that policemen tend to be just a notch above a full time criminal.

By: wataboutbob on 8/18/10 at 8:15

Good point BEOWULF . . . the only thing they hate more than cops are child molesters and he has it all.

By: tamaragunn36 on 8/18/10 at 8:42

This EX-COP is sick and twisted!! I have known him since 1998 and he has always got with the prostitutes and mess! He is a very sick individual..

Now had that been any regular "JOE" off the streets, he would of gottin a tougher sentence than this sick human waste!! Where does it state that a cop, lawyer or judge can get off easier than a regular "joe" off the streets?? Our court systems SUCK and I don't give a damn what anyone says, there is favortism in the system!!! He was suppose to help protect that little girl and not screw her!!! He knew that he would NOT get a big punishment for it tho so, why not do it, RIGHT???

SICK JERK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GET HIM BUBBA!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHOW HIM WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE MESSED WITH!!!!!!!!!!

As for the big wiggs in the police dept..get your shit together and stop LETTING your cops get away with RAPING these kids and prostitues!!!! Buckle down on these so called COPS!!!!!

By: on 8/18/10 at 10:23

It's a very scary thought, but what if this is just the tip of the iceberg? How many times has this guy done this same thing and didn't get caught.

By: ItsOnlyMyOpinion on 8/18/10 at 12:02

This just proves a huge issue . . . who can you trust nowadays?

By: FredFlintstone on 8/19/10 at 5:07

According to this article Metro Nashville Police Department Detective Matthew King was instrumental in making this case against former Metro police officer James S. Stackhouse. The case happened in Clay County, not Davidson County and not in their jurisdiction, but they were concerned enough that this guy was tarnishing their badges and reputation that they spent their time and money to go after one of their own. ...That doesn't sound like a "Cover-up".

The defendant received a "Plea Deal"... Isn't that common? I was under the impression that more cases are settled this way than by a full blown jury trial?

There's nothing in the article about the City Paper learning about this case on their own through an in depth search or investigation. The person interviewed was Deputy District Attorney Mark Gore of the 13th Judicial District. Where's the "Cover-up" or "Good Buddy Deal" in the officials saying "Two agencies worked together to catch the scumbag and he's confessed"? It sounds like they did what they were supposed to do "Catch the bad-guy".