A school resource officer and an auxiliary police officer have been terminated from their positions.
The firings came after Sheriff Robbie Goins was informed of allegations of misconduct.
“Late last Tuesday these allegations were brought to our attention,” said Goins. “We immediately notified the district attorney and began looking into the situation.”
A coordinated decision was made to request the investigation be handled directly by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
By last Wednesday evening officials believed they had enough information to move forward with disciplinary measures.
Goins then terminated the two men. At this point they are not releasing the names of the officers because it is a pending investigation.
While authorities are not disclosing the exact nature of the allegations they have confirmed it involves a 17 year old female.
“The allegations of the SRO’s conduct is not related to his post at the school,” said District Attorney General Lori Phillips-Jones.
“Our main priority at this point in the early stages of this investigation is to cooperate fully, work together with the district attorney general's office and the TBI,” said Goins.
The investigation could take several months, according to Phillips-Jones. There are several key pieces of evidence that need to be processed at the TBI forensics lab, which is a time consuming process.
“I do anticipate charges will be filed at the close of the investigation,” she said.
“ We have made it abundantly clear; we will not tolerate anything other than pure professionalism and a true work ethic,” said Goins. “Furthermore, it is our top priority to ensure the safety of our students. While these allegations do not center around the officer’s post, we can’t allow anything that could distract from our goal of keeping the students safe.”