In an exclusive interview with Channel 2 Action News, an Atlanta woman wanted on a drug charge said that a man in a Fulton County Sheriff's Office uniform blackmailed her into sex.
The woman told Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark Winne that she was walking near the intersection of Fox and Lindsey streets in northwest Atlanta several weeks ago when a man wearing a Sheriffs Office uniform drove up and stopped her.
She said the man offered an alternative to being arrested and said if she had sex with him, she could go on about her way.
Yes, he was in uniform and immediately after him approaching me like that, he said, Well, you dont have to go to jail, the woman said.
He was like, Were grown-ups. Youre not no child. I assume immediately it was sex, she said.
An Atlanta police spokesman confirmed that an officer has been identified as a suspect. APD is investigating since the case falls within the citys jurisdiction.
We're working closely with the Fulton County District Attorney's Office to determine if any charges are merited in this case, said Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos.
You have identified a Fulton County sheriff's officer as suspect? Winne asked.
That is correct, Campos said.
The woman said the man allowed her to go to a nearby Shell station to get her lottery tickets and then drove her to a nearby apartment complex and had sex with her.
You let him do this why? Winne asked.
Because I didnt want to go to jail, the woman replied.
A representative for the Fulton County Sheriff's Office said the officer named in the police report has since been fired for separate, unrelated allegations.
The woman acknowledges that she misled police by saying the sex was forcible, but said she later told authorities that the man blackmailed her into it.