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Officer arrested after allegedly offering to drop ticket for sex

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis Police officer bonded out of jail Saturday morning after being charged with felony counts of official misconduct and sexual battery.

Women who live near the scene of an alleged sexual battery at the hands of an on-duty officer were so fearful to share their reaction, they asked to remain anonymous.

"We're depending on them to take care of us and take care of our children," one woman said.

Friday, officer Michael Kearney was arrested.  He is accused of offering to toss a traffic ticket in exchange for sex.

The affidavit of complaint revealed a 42-year-old woman reported Kearney on Sunday, August 1.  She said Kearney pulled her over at Thomas and Weakley.

The affidavit said Kearney had the woman sit in the back of his squad car as he wrote a ticket for driving with a suspended license.  He then allegedly made the proposal.

Officer Kearney is accused of telling the woman he would not write the ticket if she would have sex with him after his shift.  He then proceeded to touched her private parts.

"To even hear about that, you wonder what is the world coming to," a woman said.  "Because if we're not safe with the police, who are we safe with?"

Kearney has been with the force since 2008.  His criminal record shows only one speeding violation in 1999.  He has been relieved of duty with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.

Police confirmed the incident escalated after Kearney got off work, but they could not go into detail because the investigation is ongoing.

Kearney paid $10,000 to bond out Saturday.  He will appear in General Sessions Court Monday morning by video arraignment.

There was no information on what initial violation prompted Kearney to pull over the woman.

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