DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Former DeKalb County police officer Jeremy Reynolds took the stand in his own defense and admitted to the jury he engaged in a sex act with a homeless drug addict while on duty in 2009.
Reynolds said it was consensual, but he immediately regretted it.
“I just basically thought to myself what a stupid thing it was. As you can tell I don't even have words for it right now. It's just a stupid decision that I made,” said Reynolds.
The victim said Reynolds forced her to engage in a sex act instead of going to jail on a marijuana charge. The victim, whose identification is being withheld, said she was terrified.
"I was very scared because I didn't know if I would come out with my life or not," she said. She said she did what Reynolds asked her to do and wasn’t taken to jail.
Yvonne Ruiz said in 2010 Reynolds asked to see her breasts in exchange for not taking her to jail because of a warrant for a probation violation.
“That's when he said, 'Let me see your (breasts) and I'll let you go," Ruiz said on the witness stand.
However, Reynolds told the jury Ruiz is the one who threatened him. “She said 'I'm going to tell them that you asked to see my breasts in order to let you go," he said.
Assistant District Attorney Leif Howard pointed out that Reynolds confessed in a taped interview with detectives.
But Reynolds said there's a reason he admitted something that didn't happen.
“Because it was one of those things again where I wanted to get out of the room. I was tired of getting yelled at. I was tired. I was tired of getting cussed at, yelled at,” said Reynolds.
He faces a count of aggravated sodomy and two counts of violation of oath by a public officer.
The defense has rested its case. They jury will start deliberating Thursday.