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Mount Pleasant reserve officer accused of peeping

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Ezra Martin Ezra Martin

A reserve Mount Pleasant police officer, once honored for his work, has been relieved of his duties after an arrest Tuesday.

Ezra Martin is accused of observation without consent at an apartment in Spring Hill.

According to the police report, a 19-year-old woman told officers she'd just gotten out of the shower and was getting dressed when she allegedly saw Martin looking through her window.

Martin has been with the Mount Pleasant Police Department since 2010 but was relieved of his duties after the arrest.

Martin was born and raised in Maury County and served as a volunteer firefighter for both the city and county. Just four months ago, he was honored by the police department for saving a man's life.

"He's done exemplary in his training, and as a reserve officer here, he's done a good job," said Mount Pleasant Police Chief Tommy Goetz.

The alleged peeping incident took place at the Walden Creek Trace Apartments.

And, just last year, Martin was accused and investigated for doing the same thing at a subdivision pool. But the chief said they couldn't prove it, he was never charged.

Martin tells Channel 4, "Everybody that knows me and knows my character knows that this is not something that I would do."

Mount Pleasant Capt. Paul Westmoreland said when Martin's criminal history was run by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, he had no record.

However, Martin talked to us at length and told us about the time he was charged with domestic assault in 1999 and found not guilty.

Then, in 2008, he was charged with aggravated assault, but that's been expunged from his record.

He's had several encounters with the law but no convictions.

As for this latest alleged peeping incident, Martin said the court will find him innocent once again.

"Nobody has contacted me or tried to get my side of the story until now. It's making me look like I'm a bad person when I'm not," Martin said.

Martin said he really wanted to interview on camera for this story, but his attorney wouldn't let him.

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