Former Knoxville, Oak Ridge police officer indicted on child rape charges

The former Vanderbilt football player and ex-cop was also charged in 2015 with raping a teen while on duty.
Published: Oct. 12, 2021 at 9:03 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 12, 2021 at 11:01 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A grand jury indicted a former East Tennessee police officer on charges of child rape.

Cassen Jackson-Garrison, 36, once served as an officer for the Knoxville Police Department and the Oak Ridge Police Department, according to KPD Spokesperson Scott Erland. Jackson-Garrison resigned from KPD in January 2011.

Authorities said an investigation started in September following reports of incidents involving Jackson-Garrison and at least two separate juvenile victims.

Jackson-Garrison faces 14 different charges, including sexual battery by an authority figure, rape, aggravated statutory rape, statutory rape by an authority figure and assault after a Knox County Grand Jury returned an indictment against him.

KPD arrested Jackson-Garrison on October 8.

Authorities said it’s possible there are other victims and their investigation remains open. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Special Crimes Unit at 865-215-6810.

Garrison graduated from Central in 2004. He was a three-year starter at running back, team captain and recipient of the Tennessee Mr. Football award. He then went on to play for Vanderbilt.

In 2016, WVLT News reported that Jackson-Garrison was charged with official misconduct and aggravated statutory rape following allegations he had inappropriate contact with an juvenile while on-duty.

The Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission is the agency that certifies every police officer in Tennessee. They provided WVLT News with the guidelines they abide by when certifying an officer.

Some rules are expected, like being 18 or older and having a high school education. But there’s a requirement that seeks to ensure morally sound officers are serving the communities in Tennessee. One of the requirements reads, “Have good moral character as determined by a thorough investigation conducted by the employing agency; and/or the POST Commission.”

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