Memphis Police officer behind bars on rape charges

Memphis Police Officer Behind Bars On Rape Charges

MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) – Another Memphis Police officer is behind bars, and the crime he is accused of may hit a new low.

Law and Order: SVU captivates audiences weekly on NBC, but it's the real-life Shelby County Sheriff's special victims unit that caught 33 year-old Memphis Police Officer Cornelius Monger who is accused of having sex with a family member beginning when she was 16.

"Child sexual abuse happens in all families, all socioeconomic levels, all lines of work as well," said Anna Whalley with Shelby County Victims Services and Rape Crisis Center.

"Any type of sexual abuse is an abuse of authority, and we hate to see that, whether in a family or someone in an authority position in the community," she said.

According to the Sheriff's office, an investigation of Monger began in October. He was indicted Tuesday by a grand jury on charges of rape, statutory rape by an authority figure and incest.

Monger has been with the department since 2006 and most recently assigned to the Old Allen Station.

The charges against him are arguably more heinous than those 20-something other Memphis Police officers have faced this year.

In a statement released late Tuesday, MPD Director Toney Armstrong wrote, "It sickens me to know that an officer of the law has violated the innocence of a child. This individual calls himself a Memphis Police Officer; I call him a criminal."

Officer Monger is relieved of duty pending an investigation. His bond is set at 100-thousand dollars. We've learned another family member may be facing similar charges as well.

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