FREE Story: Kosciusko police officer charged with sexual battery in Olive Branch

By KAREN FIORETTI,

The Olive Branch Police Department has 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 official statement details a reported sexual assault, but does not name the officer specifically. Additional questions were referred to the Kosciusko Police Department by Cox.

The official statement from the Olive Branch Police Department reads:

“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. A bond was set at $22,222.22 and a court date set for January 8, 2019, at the Olive Branch Municipal Court.”

When contacted Sunday evening and again Monday, Kosciusko Police Chief Herbert Dew would not confirm any information regarding the case.

“It is a personnel matter with us,” he said Sunday evening, “We’re still investigating.”

This is a developing story and The Star-Herald will update it as additional information becomes available.