Former police sergeant pleads guilty to official misconduct, DA says

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A former Memphis police sergeant pled guilty to one count of official misconduct, according to the DA’s office.

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According to the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office, Eric Kelly, 50, pled guilty to the misdemeanor count in Criminal Court and was placed on judicial diversion for one year.

Kelly resigned from the department in 2019 after internal affairs investigators claimed they discovered Kelly had a sexual relationship with a woman involved in a murder investigation.

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“The basis for Kelly’s plea was as follows:

In 2018, while investigating a murder case, Kelly developed and engaged in a sexual relationship with a female co-defendant in the case. Kelly used city funds to take the female out of town on an investigative trip. This conduct violated MPD policy as well as the laws of the State of Tennessee.”

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In 2020, in response to this conduct by Kelly, DA Weirich assigned a senior prosecutor to review every closed case Kelly had worked. The prosecutor reviewed 169 case - ranging from driving offenses to murder - and found nothing questionable or concerning about the strength of the cases or the validity of the convictions.