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Charge against KPD officer dismissed following preliminary hearing

The Internal Affairs Unit will conduct an investigation pending the outcome of criminal proceedings.
A domestic assault charge against a Knoxville Police Department officer has been dismissed following a preliminary hearing on June 9.
Published: May. 18, 2022 at 10:03 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 14, 2022 at 12:52 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A domestic assault charge against a Knoxville Police Department officer has been dismissed following a preliminary hearing on June 9, according to court documents.

Previously, on May 19, KPD placed Officer Charles Roach on administrative leave following a domestic abuse charge.

KPD spokesperson Scott Erland said Roach was arrested on May 18 on a misdemeanor charge after Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a “domestic matter” at his home.

He said Roach was placed on administrative leave with his police powers suspended. As of Tuesday, June 14, Roach remains on administrative leave with his police powers suspended, according to Erland.

Roach has been with KPD since 2014 and was assigned to patrol, Erland said.

According to Erland, the Internal Affairs Unit was set to conduct an investigation pending the outcome of criminal proceedings.

Previously, Roach received an Officer of the Month award in 2019. Officers Roach, J.D. Sisk, Jonathan Harris and Tanner Sise were all awarded for their collaborative work in identifying, locating and apprehending a suspect involved in over 15 burglaries and one vehicle theft in downtown Knoxville.

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