A pair of former Knoxville Police officers who resigned amid a criminal investigation have been charged with misdemeanor counts of buying alcohol for minors.
Nicky Bryant, 41, and Donald Clark, 28, were each charged with a misdemeanor charge of Alcoholic Beverage Purchase Violations (Enticing Or Purchasing For Person <21 Yr. Of age) for each of two teen girls.
The complaint and warrant say Bryant and Clark provided alcohol to two teens under the age of 18 multiple times between May and July of 2009.
Clark and Bryant both resigned as the investigation against them got underway. The affidavit first released in the investigation said the girls had accused Bryant and Clark of serving them alcohol and showing them porn.
Knoxville Police Chief Sterling Owen IV released a statement Thursday afternoon that made no judgment on any innocence or guilt of the former officers but condemned the alleged actions of which the two are accused:
"Earlier today the Knoxville Police Department was informed of charges that were placed on two former KPD officers as a result of a Knox County Sheriff's Office investigation. Throughout the sheriff's office and the Knox County District Attorney General's Office investigation, our department cooperated fully and assisted as needed by their investigators.
"This alleged type of conduct would be an embarrassment to the professional men and women of the department who proudly serve the citizens of Knoxville everyday. We want our community to know that inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated."