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TPD Officer Crump Fired For Alleged Sexual Assault On Motorist

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Lynn Hatter

The Tallahassee Police Department has fired one of its officers after receiving a report he sexually assaulted a motorist during a traffic stop. TPD says the victim identified the officer as Vincent Crump. 

Police Chief Mike DeLeo told reporters the Consolidated Dispatch Agency received a call Saturday night regarding the incident. TPD interviewed the victim and collected evidence and DeLeo says based on that evidence, the decision was made to fire officer Vincent Crump.

“Based on the evidence so far, officer Crump has betrayed the values of the agency and the public’s trust," he says.

DeLeo revealed the incident and Crump's firing in a Sunday morning press conference. The investigation is ongoing and is being coordinated with the state attorney’s office. Crump has not been arrested.

The incident occurred at the intersection of Thomasville Road and Hermitage Drive, and DeLeo is asking anyone with information to contact the agency.  TPD spokesman Damon Miller says Crump has been notified that he's under investigation.

Crump served in the U.S. Navy from 1993-2001. He worked for the Gadsden County Sheriffs office for twelve years and left as Captain on Jan. 24, 2017. His first day with TPD was Jan. 25th and he was still in his probationary period at the time of his firing. Normally, when officers are under investigation they are placed on administrative leave, but Miller says, "all situations are different."

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. 

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