Ex-Tenn. cop accused of sexually assaulting women during traffic stops


NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A former Spring Hill, Tennessee police officer has been indicted on sex-related charges that allegedly occurred while he was on duty.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said that a Maury County grand jury on Monday returned indictments charging 26-year-old Christopher Patrick Odom with rape, sexual battery and two counts of official misconduct.

The agency said it began investigating Odom on Aug. 1. A TBI news release said that Odom is accused of initiating sexual contact with one woman during a traffic stop in June and another woman during a stop in July.

The TBI said Odom was arrested Monday and jailed on $75,000 bond, but online records indicated he had been released. There was no information about an attorney for Odom who could comment on the case.

Odom was fired by the Spring Hill Police Department as a result of the investigation’s findings, reports CBS affiliate WTVF. He had been employed with the city since December 2013.  

“The actions of Officer Odom are not indicative of a Spring Hill Police Officer and is in direct violation of departmental policies,” the department said in a statement released to the station. “The department takes great pride in serving our community and preserving the trust of our citizens.”