published Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Former Rome police officer sentenced for sexual battery

Rome, Ga. -- A former Rome police officer has been sentenced to two years in prison for inappropriately touching a 17-year-old student.

Marcus McReynolds pleaded guilty Friday to charges of making false statements, violating his oath of office and misdemeanor sexual battery.

He was accused of touching the girl last fall while she was serving as a police intern. McReynolds subsequently was fired. The Rome News Tribune reported that McReynolds also must get counseling and pay a $3,000 fine.

Testimony in the case showed that McReynolds lied to investigators twice when confronted about the teenager's allegations. Police video showed the inappropriate contact between the officer and the girl.

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