Indicted officer accused of sexual assault - WSMV Channel 4

Indicted officer accused of sexual assault

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A police officer, already in trouble for dealing drugs on the job and in uniform, seems to have had a checkered past with Metro Police.

Channel 4 has learned some new and disturbing news about officer Richard Wilson,  from crashing a squad car to being accused of having sex with a woman he was responding to help.

In Wilson's six year career with metro, he's been suspended four times and one of those even turned into a full blown criminal investigation into whether he sexually assaulted someone he was trying to help.

In February of last year, a car crash is what landed officer Wilson in trouble and suspended for three days.  Wilson totaled his police cruiser when he tried to pick up a spilled drink and ran off the road.

According to his personnel file, Wilson was also suspended for using force on a guy he arrested and he was suspended one day for failing to show up to testify in court.

But it was how he handled a call to a house on Elliston Street in Old Hickory back in 2006 that landed him in the most trouble. 

He first told his sergeant that a drunk woman was flirting with him when he responded to a domestic call at the house.

But it wasn't until Officer Wilson turned in a three page handwritten account that police learned there was more to the story.

Channel 4 looked at Wilson's employment file Thursday, but Wilson's account won't be found in his personnel file.  Instead, it's been replaced by a note from his supervisor explaining what happened.

Through further investigation, police determined that officer Wilson failed to mention at first that the woman opened the door with no clothes on, asked him to have sex, said that she would call someone and tell them she was sleeping with a cop, that she grabbed his groin area and that he gave her his personal cell number.

Channel 4 stopped by the house on Elliston Place Thursday to find the woman who made the allegations, but she no longer lives there.

As for the criminal investigation, police say, at the time, the district attorney decided not to prosecute due to the woman being unwilling to testify and a lack of physical evidence.

Wilson is still in custody of the U.S. Marshals.  He is facing federal charges of fraud, attempting to distribute cocaine and money laundering.

The U.S. Attorney said he was caught transporting cocaine and drug money to locations around Nashville.

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