Trial delayed in former TPD officer's sexual battery case

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By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
October 4, 2018

Vincent Crump

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A judge has agreed to delay the upcoming trial of former Tallahassee Police officer Vincent Crump.

Crump was set to stand trial next week. He is accused of sexually assaulting a woman during a traffic stop back in February 2018.

His first trial ended in a mistrial after a juror failed to show up to finish deliberations.

Crump has since hired a new attorney after what court documents say were "irreconcilable differences" with his previous lawyer.

Nellie King got the case on Monday. She asked for a delay in the trial saying she needed more than a week to prepare, especially in light of the severe consequences Crump could face if he's convicted.

The judge agreed to delay the trial. A new date has not yet been set.

By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
August 30, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A judge declared a mistrial Thursday morning in the sexual battery case of former Tallahassee Police officer Vincent Crump.

Jurors deliberated for nearly 12 hours Wednesday before wrapping up for the night. They were expected to continue deliberations Thursday morning starting at 8:30 a.m., but one of the jurors was dismissed.

The judge said the juror was "unavailable" to continue deliberations, but neither he nor the defense attorneys would say why.

The judge offered attorneys the option of recalling the alternate juror or forging ahead with five jurors. The defense objected to both and the judge declared a mistrial.

"I think they worked very hard to come to an agreement. You know, sometimes six jurors aren't able to do that," prosecutor Sarah Dugan said afterward. "But, I'm very proud of how strong the victim was throughout the case and we'll get re-set for trial again quickly."

"I think any time a jury deliberates for that long it tells us there are some facts in issue and any time there's facts in issue, there's reasonable doubt," defense attorney Mutaqee Akbar said. "We feel confident that another set of six jurors will come in and we'll get the verdict we've been looking for which is not guilty."

Vincent Crump was fired by Tallahassee Police and later charged with multiple felonies after a woman accused him of sexually battering her during a traffic stop in February 2018. Crump contends the sex was consensual.

A hearing has been set for September 4 to set a new trial date.

By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
August 29, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Closing arguments are now underway in the sexual battery case of former Tallahassee Police Officer Vincent Crump.

The defense rested its case this morning without calling Crump or any other witnesses to the stand.

Vincent Crump is accused of sexually battering a woman during a traffic stop on Thomasville Road earlier this year.

Crump claims the sexual encounter was consensual, but prosecutors contend Crump was in uniform and on duty and the victim feared facing charges if she did not comply.

Vincent Crump was fired by TPD soon after the February traffic stop.

There are seven jurors in the jury box. Six of them are women.

“He’s offering to make a deal with her, that is not consent,” Prosecutor Sarah Dugan told the jury in closing arguments.

She contends Vincent Crump intimidated and coerced the 21 year old woman into sex acts, telling her she could get in trouble for driving without a license and for the smell of marijuana in her car.

Dugan told the jury Crump asked the woman if she was single, asked for her phone number and asked her to pull her pants down during the traffic stop. “He’s doing all these wildly inappropriate things,” the prosecutor said.

She told the jury Crump deleted two of four phone calls to the victim from his phone before being interviewed at police headquarters about the accusation. “He didn’t want to face the music,” she said.

Defense attorney Mutaqee Akbar told the jury the woman’s story was full of inconsistencies and there was no evidence of coercion.

Akbar said Crump broke rules as a police officer, acted immorally as a married man and lied about it, but that does not mean he committed a crime.

Akbar says during the traffic stop, Crump and the woman had an eleven minute conversation about her job and family, “Does that sound like someone who’s so scared” of going to jail?

Akbar claims the woman initiated a kiss that led to the encounter and talked with Crump afterwards on the phone about coming to see her at her job on Monday.

Crump told the woman she was free to go, Akbar reminded the jury.

Akbar told the jury there is no proof that Crump coerced the woman into having sex.

The judge is now giving the jury its final instructions before it begins to deliberate.

By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
August 24, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A former Tallahassee police officer rejected a last minute plea deal and will stand trial for sexual battery starting on Monday.

Vincent Crump is accused of sexually battering a woman during a traffic stop on Thomasville Road earlier this year. He was fired soon afterward.

Friday, his attorneys tried to have his statement to police thrown out, saying Crump had a lawyer en route to the police station and had repeatedly asked to leave.

Yet the judge ruled Crump was read his rights, as a police officer knew his rights, and agreed to speak anyway.

Crump could face more than 20 years in prison if convicted. The plea deal he rejected could have cut that time in half.

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

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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