Girl, 15, says police officer sexually assaulted her for hours; GBI investigating

ATLANTA — A local police officer is under investigation after a 15-year-old girl accused him of sexual assault.

The girl's mother told Channel 2 Action News that her daughter was terrified and eventually told her about the incident.

"She just broke down and was crying," the girl's mother told Channel 2 Investigative Reporter Mark Winne.

The family's lawyer, Thomas Reynolds, told Channel 2 Action News that he believes the 15-year-old, another girl and two boys may have been followed from a Waffle House by the officer.


The four people stopped at Sykes Park, and that's when he said the officer approached the group. Reynolds said the officer let three people go, but not the alleged victim.

Reynolds said the girl was detained for violating curfew.

At that point, Reynolds said, the officer took the girl to the Village of Highlands apartment complex and sexually assaulted her. Reynolds said the officer kept the girl for three hours before bringing her home to her apartment.

East Point Police Chief Tommy Gardner told Channel 2 Action News that his department received a complaint of sexual misconduct against one of its officers, and that officer was immediately placed on administrative leave with pay.

The GBI was called to conduct the investigation.