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Ex-ORPD officers pleads not guilty

A former Oak Ridge police officer pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of aggravated statutory rape and official misconduct Friday in an Anderson County courtroom.

31-year-old Cassen Jackson-Garrison was indicted by the Anderson County grand jury on May 3rd on the charges following an investigation by the TBI. As we have previously reported, allegations that Jackson-Garrison had engaged in inappropriate contact with a 16-year-old girl surfaced on August 13th of last year and District Attorney General Dave Clark called in the TBI to investigate. Agents developed information that the officer had had sex with the teen while on duty in July of 2015 and was fired the morning after the investigation began.

A pre-trial motion deadline was set for August 22nd and a plea deadline was set for September 12th in Criminal Court.

Jackson-Garrison is currently free on bond.

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