OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. — FOX13 has uncovered new information about the sexual misconduct investigation involving officers at the Olive Branch Police Department and a lieutenant at the Olive Branch Fire Department.
Multiple sources told FOX13, the officers resigned after being accused of having sex on the job, including in patrol cars and even at the fire station.
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FOX13 asked Olive Branch Police Chief Don Gammage if his department was conducting a sexual misconduct investigation.
Gammage told FOX13, “this is a personnel matter. I can’t discuss it,” and then ended the conversation abruptly.
However, multiple sources told FOX13 the Olive Branch Police Departments command staff are furious, but believe all the officers accused and involved have been removed from the department.
The sex scandal at the Olive Branch Police Department involves patrolman and ranking officers. Also, three sergeants are included. Multiple sources told FOX13, eight resigned for having sex on the job instead of facing disciplinary actions which might have included termination.
Sources also told FOX13, the sexual encounters happened at the police station and even in the patrol cars.
FOX13 has filed seven open records requests with both the Police Department and City Hall to find out who the officers are, why were they given the option to resign instead of being fired. We also asked to review the personnel files of at least two of the officers named by our sources in law enforcement.
Multiple sources told us at least one of the officers involved was a woman. We went to her last known address, but we were told she no longer lives there. FOX13 called two phone numbers listed to her and both had been disconnected.
Multiple sources also told FOX13, the scandal costed a fire department lieutenant his job as he was accused of having sex with one of the officers at the fire station.
At least three prominent defense attorneys told FOX13 the sexual misconduct investigation reaches beyond the City Hall and the Police Department. Whatever cases these officers were tied to they could be in jeopardy. That’s because their credibility will be questioned because of their conduct that lead to their resignation.
Scott B. Phillips Jr., Mayor of Olive Branch, released a statement to FOX13 about the ongoing investigation.
"I have received several inquires about a personal issue in two city departments. To be clear, this is a personal issue, not a public safety issue. I will not publicly discuss personal issues. I cannot release personal records per state law. This is my complete statement on this issue."