Former Memphis officer indicted on rape charges

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Michael Smith

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A former Memphis police officer has been indicted on rape and several other charges.

Michael Smith, 39, has been indicted on charges of rape by coercion or force, rape of a physically incapacitated victim and rape of a victim unable to consent.

He also was indicted on charges of sexual battery, official oppression and official misconduct.

A 26-year-old woman said Smith sexually assaulted her while on-duty April 16, 2016  at a parking garage on Second near Beale.

Smith resigned after the allegations were made.

Interim Director Michael Rallings released the following statement about the arrest:

“I want to assure the public that NO criminal behavior by a member of this department will be tolerated. As with all cases, this investigation was thoroughly conducted and the facts were presented to the District Attorney General’s Office for review; in which an indictment was handed down for the arrest of Michael Smith, who is now a former Memphis Police Officer.

Our officers are held to a higher standard, and you, the citizens of Memphis, deserve the security of knowing that your officers are here to serve and protect. Smith is afforded the same opportunity as all citizens, and he will have his day in court; however, it is my job to remind everyone that the image of the Memphis Police Department must not be tarnished by the alleged actions of one employee.

As the Interim Director of the Memphis Police Department, I want you all to know that this incident should in no way reflect on the hardworking- dedicated officers who work day in and day out to serve and protect this great city.”

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