GIRARD — A former Pittsburg Police officer was taken into custody at the Crawford County Jail Tuesday, on charges of aggravated sexual battery and official misconduct.
Jessie Edward Loren Davis, 22, of Carthage, Missouri, surrendered himself to authorities at the jail after a warrant was issued for his arrest. It is alleged that Davis inappropriately touched a female arrestee while serving as a police officer on August 26.
According to a release from the Pittsburg Police Department, PPD opened up an internal investigation on Davis, and he was immediately placed on administrative leave. According to PPD, he was terminated a few days later. PPD requested that CRSO conduct an investigation into possible criminal activity involving Davis and the complaint.
According to CRSO, investigators obtained information that Davis and another member of PPD responded to a domestic disturbance in Pittsburg, where a male and female were involved in an altercation.
The female party was arrested and transported to the jail by Davis. According to investigators, the arrestee stated during the transport Davis asked her if she would show him her breasts and allow him to touch them. The arrestee said she lifted her shirt and was able to maneuver herself into a position that allowed Davis to reach through the patrol car’s partition into the back seat where he touched her breasts.
The woman implied to investigators that she did this out of fear and was afraid of what might happen if she declined the officer’s request.
Davis allegedly also told the arrestee that he would manipulate the domestic violence report he would be filing on her in exchange for the action, insinuating that he could help her get out of the charges associated with the incident.
According to PPD, Davis was a new employee who had been with the department seven months.
“The police department works really hard and has a very stringent hiring process, similar to what you would see in a large city, which takes many months,” Maj. Brent Narges of PPD said. “But sometimes it just doesn’t work out.
“It is extremely disappointing for the police department when a situation like this happens, as we invest a lot of time and resources in an attempt to hire the right person for the community.”
Davis is presumed innocent unless and until the allegations against him are proven beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
This incident remains under investigation.