Police officer charged with sexual assault out on bond

Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 10:11pm

A decommissioned Metro police officer indicted for allegedly sexually assaulting four women is out of jail after posting bond Thursday afternoon. 

Metro police decommissioned Jeffrey Poole, 39, on May 18 after Metro Sex Crimes detectives opened an investigation against him when a prostitute accused him of fondling her and making passes at her while he was on duty and in uniform.

According to the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office, Poole posted $200,000 bond at 1:28 p.m. Thursday.

Poole surrendered to police after a grand jury returned a 12-count indictment Friday charging him with four counts of rape, four counts of official misconduct, two counts of sexual battery, one count of patronizing a prostitute and one count of attempting to patronize prostitution.

The investigation against Poole began in April on the heels of the 27-year-old prostitute’s claim against him.

That investigation turned up other alleged victims, including a 35-year-old woman who claimed Poole went to her Dickerson Pike motel room in December and raped her while he was on duty and in uniform.

A 20-year-old woman told police Poole arrested her in April 2009, drove her to a secluded location and fondled her before taking her to jail.

A 30-year-old woman, who police said frequented Dickerson Pike as a prostitute, said Poole paid her for consensual sex acts late last year while in his police car parked in an abandoned lot.

Poole graduated from the police academy in March 2008 and worked in the East Precinct from July 2008 until he was transferred to the South Precinct in January.

He is set to be arraigned in court Wednesday, Aug. 18. 

1 Comment on this post:

By: govskeptic on 8/13/10 at 7:08

I think the Judge set the bond at $20,000. not $200,000. No matter on the amount other than if only $200.00 was what was submitted to bondsman there's definitely something wrong with this picture. How do we wind up hiring so many of these characters as law enforcement offficers across the city and state? We are reading these stories on an almost weekly basis.