Banner Staff Writer
A Cleveland police officer who was suspended last week has resigned from his job and now the Internal Affairs investigation has led to a request for further inquiry by the 10th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office.
Ross Wooten resigned Friday afternoon, according to Evie West, information officer for the Cleveland Police Department.
Kristen Helm, information officer for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, said the DAG’s Office requested that the TBI look further into allegations of sexual misconduct against Wooten.
“The victim filed a formal complaint with the Cleveland Police Department alleging that Wooten, who is an officer with the department, sexually assaulted her at her residence,” noted Helm.
Late last week, neither CPD officials nor the 10th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office would comment on the nature of the allegation.
The case was sent to the DA’s office Thursday, which in turn requested that the TBI look into the allegations against Wooten.
In July 2006, Ross was charged with two counts of official misconduct. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was in charge of the case where Wooten allegedly engaged in sexual relations with two “suspects,” according to then-TBI information officer Jennifer Johnson.
Johnson said the investigation began in March 2006 after the “two suspects complained that Wooten engaged in sexual relations with them in November 2005.”
Wooten was placed on leave without pay pending outcome of the investigation.
At that time, he had been with the CPD for two years.
In January 2007, Wooten’s case went to trial and a jury found him not guilty on the charges and he returned to work shortly after, according to archived Banner stories.
Helm said once the investigation is completed it will be turned over to the DA's office.