UPDATE: KPD Investigator Greg Collins suspended following sexual battery chargeBy KAREN FIORETTI,
The Kosciusko Board of Aldermen voted to suspend Kosciusko Police Investigator Greg Collins during an executive session this afternoon after Collins was charged with sexual battery by the Olive Branch Police Department on Saturday.
Collins and five other Kosciusko officers were in Olive Branch from Thursday through Saturday for Field Force Operations training offered by Homeland Security, according to Police Chief Herbert Dew.
Earlier on Monday, the Olive Branch Police Department had confirmed the arrest of an off-duty Kosciusko police officer on a charge of sexual battery Dec. 8.
An official written statement was issued by Major Bill Cox of the OBPD following multiple inquiries by The Star-Herald regarding the alleged arrest. The statement details the reported sexual assault and current status, as follows:
“On Saturday, December 8, 2018, Olive Branch Police received information in regards to an assault that had taken place involving an off-duty Kosciusko, Mississippi police officer.
It is alleged that the female victim had met her assailant at a local establishment during an evening of socializing. The parties then left the establishment and met up again at the off-duty officer’s hotel room. The victim alleges that after further talking and socializing in the hotel room, she went into the bathroom where she reports she was the victim of an assault of a sexual nature. Immediately after the incident took place, the victim was able to leave the hotel, and reported the incident to police a short time later.
The off-duty officer was located shortly after the report and subsequently taken into custody. Based on the information provided in a signed affidavit he was charged with Sexual Battery.”
According to the Mississippi Code, a person is guilty of sexual battery if he or she engages in sexual penetration of any kind with another person without their consent.
A bond was set at $22,222.22 and a court date has been scheduled for January 8, 2019, at the Olive Branch Municipal Court.
Following an executive session of the Kosciusko Board of Aldermen this afternoon to address the matter, Mayor Jimmy Cockroft announced that Collins had been suspended
“We have suspended Officer Greg Collins without pay pending the completion of the investigation being conducted by the Olive Branch Police Department,” he said.
This is a developing story and The Star-Herald will update it as additional information becomes available.