Cherokee County

Atlanta police officer fired after rape allegation

ATLANTA — An Atlanta police officer is no longer on the force after he was arrested on rape charges in Cherokee County.

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office says a woman reported the rape to deputies on Feb. 2.

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The woman told investigators the suspect, 32-year-old Lionel Dely, identified himself as an Atlanta police officer who was conducting an investigation before the assault.


Investigators determined Dely is an APD officer. Evidence investigators gathered was enough to support a rape charge. Dely turned himself in to the Cherokee Adult Detention Center Feb. 11.

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The Atlanta Police Department cooperated with Cherokee detectives during the investigation. The Department announced Monday they fired Delay.

Atlanta police released a statement saying Dely was initially suspended without pay. APD said the officer was not on official business when the incident occurred.

Dely had been with the department since 2015.

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