(Memphis) Memphis Police Officer Jason Webb isn’t in a uniform, but a mug shot, after he was indicted and arrested last week for patronizing prostitution.
“The investigation revealed at least one of those prostitutes was underage,” said Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong. “At this point he is on non-enforcement.”
Police tell us they fired Jason Webb, threw him off the force.
They allowed us to review his personnel files. There were no details on his firing, but plenty of other trouble.
In 2000, he got into a fight with a man at Platinum Plus over a female. He received one day suspension.
In 2009, he was suspended for two days for not showing up at work and not letting anyone know about it.
Between 2008 and 2010, his wife filed harassment, simple assault and child abuse reports against him at least nine times in Fayette County. Webb was charged for never informing MPD about any of it.
Webb was also charged for abusing the sick leave policy, taking his vehicle out of town while on duty and not informing MPD about two side jobs he had. One of those jobs provided a free vehicle and the other virtually-free rent.
When police did fire Webb, he appealed to the Civil Service Commission and got his job back.
“We don’t always agree with it. I stand by when a person is terminated it has to be done at the chief’s level. Nine times out of ten I have been briefed on it. I stand behind their decisions,” said Armstrong.
For the last year, investigators had their eye on Webb. They say between July and August of 2012 he contacted a person he should have known was under the age of 18 to engage in conduct that constitutes statutory rape.
Last Thursday, Webb was indicted on four counts of solicitation of a minor.
Webb is out of jail on $10,000 bond.
He told us outside his home Monday that the charges against him are not true and happened more than a year ago.
He has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the Memphis Police Department, saying during an incident in January 2012, police held him in a vehicle for eight hours, violating his constitutional rights.