AFRICANGLOBE – A man who swore an oath to uphold the constitution, and whose ostensible job description is to protect the public he serves, has been charged with sexual assault while on duty — for the second time — in just two months.
According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Spring Hill Police Officer Christopher Odom was caught raping at least two women in two separate incidents during on-duty traffic stops in June and July. Only two months after he was charged with sexual battery in those instances, Odom was charged again for another incident last September.
In September of last year, according to TBI, Odom stopped an adult female, followed her home on the Williamson County side of Spring Hill, and made her engage in sexual contact with him while he was on duty.
As the Free Thought Project reported last month, the TBI say they launched their investigation on August 1 after they learned Odom pulled over a car driven by a female in June and raped her.
According to a press release, the TBI says it happened again with another female in July. The September assault was apparently discovered while the investigation into the June and July assaults was ongoing.
Even more worrisome was the fact that in his spare time, Odom worked as a substitute teacher last year in Lewis County. According to WSMV, students at Lewis County High School who used to have him as a substitute teacher told Channel 4 they were shocked.
“It’s crazy. He talked to us just like an everyday teacher did,” said Donavan Conner, a student. “It makes you wonder about everybody else you talk to. ”
In regards to Odom’s despicable crimes, the Spring Hill Police Department released the following canned statement:
The actions of Officer Odom are not indicative of a Spring Hill Police Officer and is in direct violation of departmental policies. The department takes great pride in serving our community and preserving the trust of our citizens.
The department also asked for any other victims to come forward.
If there are [more victims] we want to know, we want to get them justice. We want them to come in, be able to look us in the eye, speak with us about what’s going on in their lives.
Last month, 26-year-old Odom was indicted by a grand jury on charges of rape, sexual battery, and two counts of official misconduct.
According to the indictment, Odom detained the victims beyond the scope of a traffic stop for the purpose of coercing the victims into performing sexual acts.
The indictment states he used force to accomplish the act and knew the victim did not give consent. Investigators reviewed multiple hours of Odom’s dashcam footage and noted in October that there was a possible third victim.
Last Monday, according to the Chattanoogan, the Williamson County Grand Jury returned indictments charging Odom with two counts of rape and two counts of official misconduct. Odom turned himself in Monday afternoon and was booked into the Williamson County Jail on a $150,000 bond. He is no longer employed by the Spring Hill Police Department.
By: Matt Agorist