published Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Collegedale police officer cleared of allegations that he was having sex in public

A Collegedale police officer has been cleared of allegations that he was having sex in public after an internal affairs report determined he was kissing his wife.

The investigation was opened after Chattanooga police officers reported finding a woman sitting on Cpl. Matt Spears' lap inside a sport utility vehicle in the parking lot of the Samaritan Center.

Spears told investigators he got in the sport utility vehicle with his wife after he got off duty, according to the report. He was still in uniform, and his marked patrol car was parked beside the SUV.

He and his wife stated that they were kissing, but that no clothing was removed.

"There was a display of affection between the two, but no nudity was involved or anything other than kissing that would have been visible to anyone around," Collegedale City Manager Ted Rogers said.

Attempts to reach Spears Monday at the Collegedale Police Department were unsuccessful.

Because the two were in a public parking lot and it was late at night, Rogers said Spears "should have used better judgment in this situation."

"We've had a very stern talk with him," Rogers said.

Rogers said no additional discipline would be leveled against Spears.

Contact staff writer Kate Harrison at kharrison@times or 423-757-6673.

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LaughingBoy said...

Well now we can all sleep easy.

December 6, 2011 at 4 p.m.
Lr103 said...

Next time get a hotel room if you can't wait to get home.

December 6, 2011 at 4:22 p.m.
inquiringmind said...

Big deal. Too many prudes around Collegedale.

December 6, 2011 at 4:25 p.m.
macropetala8 said...

It's not about being "prudish", but what would have happened to the average citizen caught under the same circumstance? That same citizen would have been arrested, publicly humiliated, jailed and fined. If the rules don't apply to those enforcing the law then they shouldn't be applied at all.

December 6, 2011 at 8:51 p.m.
LibDem said...

I asked my wife about this spousal affection business. She said, "I know where you're going with this. Don't even think about touching me."

December 7, 2011 at 5:46 a.m.
holdout said...

No macro the average citizen would not. That's just silly and untrue. The only arrests you will find involve prostitutes or incidents where one party is not consenting or incidents occurring in plain view of other average citizens. Which are the reasons Police will question you if you are found having sex in a public place. Average citizens are regularly admonished to, "get a room" but not regularly arrested.

December 7, 2011 at 8:43 a.m.
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