Fired TPD officer accused of sexual assault enters plea deal

By: Julie Monatanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
July 12, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A fired Tallahassee Police Officer accused of sexually assaulting a motorist after a traffic stop has just entered a plea.

Vincent Crump was scheduled to appear in court Monday, but agreed to a plea deal Friday morning.

Prosecutor Sarah Dugan says Crump entered a plea to felony aggravated assault charges and was taken into custody immediately afterward.

Dugan says the plea agreement includes Vincent Crump spending two months in jail, five years on probation and giving up his law enforcement certification in Florida.

"We accomplished what was most important for us in this case which was that he'll never be able to be in a position of power or authority as a law enforcement officer to take advantage of any other woman like he did the woman in this case," Dugan said.

As part of the agreement, the judge withheld adjudication which means Crump will be spared a felony record if he successfully completes the terms of the plea deal.

Vincent Crump has already been tried twice, but both of those trials ended with hung juries.

“This resolution, a no contest, best interest plea with no prison time or sex offender registry requirement, reflects the weaknesses in the State’s twice-attempted prosecutions for sexual battery," Crump's lawyer Nellie King said. "The outcome reflects a lack of a factual basis to charge Vincent with rape, as well as the inherent unconstitutional nature of the statute.”

The charges stemmed from a traffic stop on Thomasville Road in February 2018. Crump was fired from his job at TPD soon afterward.

"We take it very seriously when law enforcement officers abuse their power in any way and we're going to continue to try to hold them accountable even after multiple hung juries," Dugan said.