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Greene Co. woman accuses sheriff's deputy of sexual assault

10:40 PM, Jul 23, 2012   |    comments
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A Greene County woman says a Greene County Sheriff's Deputy sexually assaulted her last Christmas at a traffic stop.

A complaint filed in United States District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, claims Sheriff's Deputy Robert Morgan committed the act in December near the 107 Cutoff in Greeneville.

WARNING (GRAPHIC) More Information: See the complaint here

The plaintiff's attorney Tony Lee said his client was pulled over because Morgan had suspected she and a male passenger were driving under the influence.

"She was separated from her male passenger," Lee said.

According to the complaint, Morgan took the male passenger to a field and then returned to the spot where he had told the female passenger to wait for him.

Lee said Morgan then called the female passenger a prostitute, robbed her of a recent paycheck and then sexually assaulted her.

"When you have a big iron on your hip and you tell people to do things and there are no witnesses around to dispute your story, she is compelled to obey or suffer the consequences," he said.

10News contacted Morgan's attorney about the complaint, but did not receive a call back.

Morgan, a former Greene County Commissioner, had worked for the Greene County Sheriff's Department for 14 years.  He resigned from that position in March when he came under a federal investigation.

According to Lee, Morgan had another encounter with his client only two months after their initial Christmas meeting.  The complaint said Morgan pulled Lee over again to apologize for his actions and to return the money that he stole.

Lee said his client is now even more frightened of Morgan.

"She's pretty disturbed, fearful, and anxious about her safety," he said.

Lee and his client are seeking $3 million in damages to cover her lost wages and medical bills.  Besides Morgan, the complaint also lists Greene County as a defendant.

Lee said the county was aware it had a sheriff's deputy with a controversial past, yet did nothing to prevent from committing crimes in the future.  The complaint accuses Morgan of cracking a man's skull with a metal flashlight in a past incident.

Greene County Mayor Alan Broyles told 10News he is aware of the lawsuit and that the county will release a statement at a later time.

So far, according to Lee, no court date has yet to be filed.

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