Cleveland police officer suspended
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Jul 25, 2013 | 3452 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Cleveland Police officer has been placed on “administrative relief of duty” after a complaint was filed against him.

According to Evie West, information officer for Cleveland Police Department, Ross Wooten is the suspended officer.

“After the complaint was received, he was placed on suspension. An Internal Affairs investigation was conducted and information given to the District Attorney General’s Office,” West said.

The complaint was received Tuesday.

“We can’t comment anymore because it could jeopardize the ongoing investigation,” West said.

Assistant District Attorney General Stephen Hatchett said his office received the initial information Wednesday regarding the allegations against Wooten.

“CPD sent us the case Wednesday and we will continue to investigate,” Hatchett said.

In July 2006, Ross was charged with two counts of official misconduct. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was in charge of the case in which Wooten allegedly engaged in sexual relations with two “suspects,” according to then-TBI information officer Jennifer Johnson and Cleveland Daily Banner archives.

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 Cleveland Police Department for two years.

In January 2007, Wooten’s case went to trail and a jury found him not guilty on the charges. He returned to work a short time later.