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TBI: Off-duty police officer accused in alleged sexual assault at MTSU football game

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Murfreesboro Police Officer Mark Todd (Photo: Murfreesboro Police Department) Murfreesboro Police Officer Mark Todd (Photo: Murfreesboro Police Department)

The TBI is investigating a Murfreesboro police officer who is accused of sexually assaulting a woman while off duty during a football game at Middle Tennessee State University.

Murfreesboro police said Officer Mark Todd is being investigated for sexual assault. He has been decommissioned to desk duty without a firearm and no contact with the public during the course of the TBI’s investigation.

Students on campus told News 4 they heard about the crime but didn’t know it allegedly involved a police officer.

“They’re supposed to protect us, so who do we go to if they’re the ones that’s assaulting us?” said Kennedy Whitley, a student at MTSU.

The campus police report said a man inappropriately touched a woman and made unwanted sexual contact with her inside one of the box suites at Floyd Stadium on Sept. 2. A professor found out about it and called campus police, the report said. MTSU said the victim is not a student or employee.

News 4 asked how some students stay safe when they attend games.

“I go with a group of friends, and I always carry pepper spray,” Whitley said.

Crime numbers from MTSU show an increase of sex-related crimes from 2013 to 2015. Reports classified as rape or fondling by someone on campus rose from seven to 10 during that time.

While the TBI is figuring out what led up to the alleged assault, the incident has some on campus thinking twice.

“I’ve come into college knowing that a lot of things happen, and so I try to listen to what (my parents) say and mostly be aware of my surroundings,” said Zoe Schott, a freshman at MTSU.

Todd has not been charged with a crime. The TBI said the Rutherford County district attorney asked investigators to step in. 

The police department issued a statement about the incident on Tuesday.

The MPD is aware that the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) is investigating a report of an alleged sexual assault that took place at an MTSU football game involving an off-duty MPD officer. Upon being informed of the information, Officer Mark Todd was placed on decommissioned status in an administrative function pending the outcome of the investigation. The MPD is cooperating fully with the TBI.

The TBI said the ongoing investigation is in the very preliminary stages.

Stay with News 4 for updates to this story.

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