MILAN, TENNESSEE – A Milan police officer is charged with sexual battery after he was accused of molesting a 19-year-old woman.
Milan Police Investigator Adam Scott Martin, 39, was arrested Tuesday on one count of sexual battery by an authority figure, officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said on Friday.
Martin is charged as an authority figure because he is related to the victim in some way, said John Mehr, special agent in charge of the TBI in Jackson. The alleged crime did not involve Martin acting in his official capacity as a police officer and did not occur while he was on duty, TBI officials said.
According to state law, sexual battery by an authority figure is defined as unlawful sexual contact involving a defendant who is in a position of trust or has supervisory or disciplinary power, or parental or custodial authority, over the victim. The charge is a Class C felony.
An order of protection has been filed to to prevent Martin from contacting the alleged victim.
Martin was arrested at a residence in Carroll County and was released from the Gibson County Jail the same day on $15,000 bond, authorities said. Martin could not be reached for comment Friday.
His arraignment is set for July 10 in Gibson County General Sessions Court.
The incident occurred on Monday, and the TBI began the investigation Tuesday at the request of District Attorney General Garry Brown, said Jason Locke, special agent in charge with the TBI in Middle Tennessee.
Milan Police Chief Tim Wright said Martin has been suspended with pay pending further investigation. Martin has worked for the Milan Police Department since March 2002.