Former TPD officer charged with sexual assault makes first court appearance

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By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness News
March 8, 2018

Vincent Crump

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A former Tallahassee police officer made his first appearance in court on Thursday morning.

Vincent Crump was arrested on Wednesday on three counts of sexual battery.

Crump, who is accused of sexually assaulting a woman during a traffic stop, made his first appearance via video from the Leon County Jail.

The judge set his bond at $25,000 for count one, and one dollar each for counts two and three. The judge also ordered Crump to have no contact with the victim.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
Updated - March 8, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A Tallahassee police officer who was fired after allegedly sexually assaulting a woman during a traffic stop has now been charged.

The Tallahassee Police Department says the former officer, 43-year-old Vincent Crump, is charged with three counts of sexual battery by a law enforcement officer.

TPD says an investigation found probable cause to arrest Crump for the February 24 incident.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the victim said she was leaving dinner with friends when an officer pulled her over for driving with no headlights on in the area of Thomasville Road near Hermitage Boulevard.

The victim said the officer began telling her she was a "very pretty girl" and asking her if she was single.

The victim says the officer then mentioned smelling marijuana in her vehicle and that she could be in a lot of trouble if he found drugs in her car. The officer then stated that she was young and did not want that kind of trouble, adding that they could possibly make some sort of deal. The suspect then said "follow me over here" and the two moved their vehicles into Dorothy B. Oven Park.

The victim said that's where the officer called out to her in the dark and proceeded to sexually assault her. The victim later told investigators that while the suspect did not order or force her to do the things he wanted, she did not feel she could refuse, out of fear that she would get into trouble if she did not do what he wanted.

The victim says the suspect then directed her to follow him to another location, where he sexually assaulted her again. The victim said the officer had asked her several personal questions about where she lived and worked and she was afraid that he would find her if she fled.

After the assault, the officer told the victim she was "good to go" and left the area in his marked patrol vehicle.

The officer also allegedly called the victim after the incident and asked her if she had a good time, adding that he would not get her in trouble for the "weed" smell in her car.

The victim then reported the incident to police and an investigation was launched.

During the investigation, authorities identified Crump as the officer who conducted the traffic stop and the suspect in the sexual assault.

According to court documents, when questioned by investigators about the incident, Crump claimed the sexual encounter was consensual and that the two knew each other. When questioned about such activity while on-duty, Crump stated he did "not know the rules about that."

The victim told investigators she had never met Crump prior to the traffic stop.

Crump was terminated from the Tallahassee Police Department on February 25 and charges against him were announced on Wednesday.

Crump made his first appearance Thursday morning. Bond was set at $25,000 and he was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

To read the redacted probable cause affidavit, click here. (WARNING: This report contains graphic sexual language. Discretion is advised.)

By: Lanetra Bennett I WCTV Eyewitness News
February 25, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A Tallahassee Police officer has been fired after being accused of sexual assault.

Police say the incident happened Saturday night after a traffic stop on Thomasville Road near Hermitage Blvd.

WCTV obtained a copy of the incident report, however, most of it is redacted. All we can see is that someone called to report they were sexually battered by an officer shortly after a traffic stop.

That officer was identified as Vincent Crump.

Crump was hired with TPD as a trainee January 2017. Before that, he was a captain in corrections with the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office.

After this weekend's alleged incident, Crump was briefly placed on administrative leave, then fired.

TPD Chief Michael DeLeo says he never makes such decisions quickly.

"In the case that an officer of employee did something that was inappropriate, then it's our responsibility to make sure that we address it. We're held accountable, whether it's a training issue or a disciplinary issue. That's an important component of making sure that we maintain a good relationship with the community and maintain their trust," Chief DeLeo said.

Crump's case is still an active criminal investigation.

Chief DeLeo would not say why Crump was fired so quickly after being placed on leave. He said decisions are made on a case by case basis, depending on the allegations and the officer's history.

Chief DeLeo says no other details surrounding the incident can be released at this time.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
February 25, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Tallahassee Police Department Officer Vincent Crump was terminated after allegedly sexually assaulting a woman during a traffic stop over the weekend.

The department announced the firing during a press conference on Sunday morning.

The alleged incident happened Saturday night along Thomasville Road near Hermitage Boulevard.

TPD said an investigation is ongoing and they are not making accusations, but typically administrative leave is the normal course of action.

WCTV has learned that Crump was briefly placed on administrative leave before being terminated.

Crump was hired as a trainee in January 2017, according to information released by TPD. He was then placed as an officer on June 24, 2017.

Crump was a captain at Gadsden County Corrections for over a decade. Before the alleged incident, Crump was serving his first probationary status period at TPD. He had no disciplinary action on his file.

A redacted police report of the incident can be found at the top right of this story.

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