SWCC opens internal investigation into alleged sexual assault - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

SWCC opens internal investigation into alleged sexual assault

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The Human Relations Department at Southwest Tennessee Community College confirms it is conducting an internal investigation about when campus officials notified Memphis police about an alleged sexual assault involving a student and a campus police officer.

HR Executive Director Paul Thomas says the internal investigation will reveal more about the facts in this entire case.

According to a police affidavit, the victim was cleaning a room at the Whitehaven campus when Albert Moses, 57, a campus police officer, came up behind the victim and grabbed her breast. He then allegedly exposed himself. The incident reportedly happened back in January.

The victim said, “It's very disturbing because I felt that they thought that this was a game.”

Based on the internal investigation, HR director Paul Thomas says it appears campus police may have dropped the ball.

“They didn't do the right protocol, let alone reach out and see how I'm doing,” said the victim.

Campus police did not notify Memphis police or the Human Relations Department at Southwest until a day after the alleged assault was reported. That's according to HR director Paul Thomas who told WMC Action News 5's Jerry Askin that any report of sexual assault on campus must be reported to his department and Memphis police immediately.

“They don't think, that man should have been gone the same day I reported it, not standing there working the whole day with me,” said the victim.

Southwest's police chief says they notified Memphis police about the incident in a timely manner.

Thomas says his department is taking action to make sure this doesn't happen again.

“Whoever is in the wrong, they need to be punished for it,” said the victim.

The victim was not hurt.

Moses is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

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