published Friday, January 10th, 2014

Hamilton County sheriff's deputy fired over sex allegation

A Hamilton County Sheriff's Office patrol deputy has been terminated amid allegations that he handcuffed a woman and forced her to perform a sex act while he was on duty in Harrison.

Deputy Willie Marshay Greer, 33, was fired Thursday afternoon and arrested on charges of aggravated rape and official misconduct.

At a news conference about the charges, Sheriff Jim Hammond said his officers take seriously their responsibility to protect the public and must be careful not to put themselves in a position to show any disrespect.

"We must make sure these types of things never exist amongst the ranks of our officers," Hammond said.

Greer reportedly stopped a woman for speeding on Birchwood Pike just after 1 a.m. Sunday. After running her information through a database, he discovered that the woman had open warrants for her arrest, according to the arrest report.

"I could let you go, but you'd owe me," the woman said Greer told her.

The woman told authorities that she didn't want to get into trouble, so she followed Greer in her own vehicle to the 11300 block of Thatch Road. He told her they "need to talk about this."

She said he handcuffed her before exposing himself and forcing her to perform oral sex.

Afterward, Greer offered the woman a fruit punch drink from a Wendy's cup. Detectives were able to verify the woman's story by interviewing employees at the Highway 58 location who said Greer came in the day before for a meal.

When Greer was interviewed by detectives, he admitted receiving oral sex on duty but said it was consensual. He also said that he didn't perform a records check on the woman until after the incident.

Hammond said a routine background check was conducted on Greer before he was hired. Greer was a probationary employee who had been with the department for three months. He worked as a patrol deputy on the county's east side.

He previously worked as a campus officer at Chattanooga State Community College.

As of Thursday evening, Greer's bond was set at $50,000. His next court date is set for Tuesday before Hamilton County Sessions Court Judge Lila Statom.

Contact staff writer Beth Burger at bburger@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6406. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/abburger.

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