SWTCC police officer fired after sexual battery charges

Officers fired after botched sexual assault investigation

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A Southwest Tennessee Community College police officer charged with assaulting a woman and exposing himself has been fired.

Albert Moses was arrested in January for the alleged incident that involved a student and employee at the Whitehaven campus.

WMC Action News 5 learned that Moses and two other Southwest officers are off the job after campus officials confirm they did not follow protocol in the reporting of the alleged assault.

Albert Moses and Assistant Police Director Pechone Chambers were fired on Monday. Campus police director James Bolden is on leave and will be allowed to resign on April 13, according to campus administrators.

Bolden was also asked to retire in 2004 when he worked as police director for City of Memphis.

Moses was arrested on March 10, charged with sexual battery, and placed on leave with pay during the investigation.

Last Friday, the executive director of the Human Relations Department at SWTCC, Paul Thomas, met with the campus president about what was reported.

Thomas says the preliminary investigation revealed that campus police did not follow protocol in reporting the alleged assault to human resources, which means the victim's accused attacker was on the job for a full day afterward.

Memphis police officers were notified the same day of the incident, but it's still unclear when an official report was taken, according to Thomas.

The victim told WMC Action News 5 on Tuesday, "It's been a hard two months. I really don't sleep."

She added that she's satisfied to hear about the firings.

WMC Action News 5 asked campus administrators what's being done to prevent this from happening in the future.

SWTCC Vice President Karen Nippert replied, "When we find that our policy or procedure has not been followed, we can't operate that way."

Nippert went on to say that employees must report any alleged sexual assault on campus to human resources immediately. In this most recent case, she says that did not happen.

Nippert said, "We will certainly make more ongoing training so everyone knows the policy."

Officer Chambers told WMC Action News 5's Jerry Askin by phone that he had no comment. Askin reached out to the other two officers involved and has not yet heard back.

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