Cross pleads guilty

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By Susan Sharp

It was different side of the story for former police officer Jeremy Cross on Monday.

Instead of pressing charges, he was pleading to them.

  Cross was facing charges of rape, official oppression and two counts of official misconduct, according to his indictment.

The charges came following a complaint filed by a female Cross had stopped for an alleged traffic offense in July 2008, said LaFollette Police Lt. Monty Miller at that time.

During the course of the stop, Cross behaved in a manner that was inappropriate and sexual in nature, according to officials.

Under the plea agreement he entered into, Cross agreed he was guilty of official misconduct, official oppression and aggravated assault.

For these crimes he was sentenced to seven years on supervised probation and ordered to pay court costs.

“Are you pleading guilty because you are guilty of these charges,” Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton asked the one time police officer.

“Yes, sir,” Cross said in a low voice with his head pointed slightly down.

Presenting facts in the case, Senior District Attorney General Mike Ripley said when Cross acted he “knew his conduct was unlawful.”

Cross was criminally charged in the matter after the LPD conducted an internal investigation into allegations subsequently turning the matter over to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI.)

“The complaint turned into a criminal investigation the same day,” Miller said.