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Metro officer paid for sex while on duty, report says

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A longtime Metro police officer is suspended without pay for 30 days amid accusations he paid prostitutes for sex while on duty.

At the conclusion of his suspension, Sgt. Christopher Polk's irrevocable resignation will go into effect.

An officer at Metro's east precinct, Polk joined the police department in 1994.

He has been decommissioned with all police authority removed since July 28 of last year.

The case into Sgt. Polk began in earnest when Metro's cold case unit received a tip following the death of Virginia Ivory.  Ivory was found dead in a vacant lot in north Nashville in September of 2009.

The cause of her death has yet to be classified and investigators close to the case call her death "suspicious."

According to an internal police document obtained exclusively by Nashville's News 2 Investigates, investigators began questioning the relationship between Ivory and Polk.

The report states Polk denied any involvement in Ivory's death, and he is not considered a suspect in the case, but investigators say there are other items of concern.

According to the report, Sgt. Polk admitted he had a relationship with Ivory and he could be the father of a baby she had in 2000.  The report also says Ivory has a "significant" history of prostitution and drug offenses.

In the report, investigators interviewed a woman identified as a prostitute.

The woman told investigators Polk picked her up on Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Boulevard during the summer of 2010.  The woman says Polk was in uniform at the time and asked her if she wanted to make some money.

The woman said initially, she was scared of Polk.  She reported Polk drove to a bank on Clarksville Highway, paid her $50 and then found a secluded location where they had a sexual encounter.

According to the report, when asked if she felt like she had to do something, the woman said, "Yeah, because I felt he would have got me for prostitution, but he didn't force me though, it was like subtle."

Additionally in the investigative document, another woman, also identified as a prostitute, told investigators Polk paid her $60 for oral sex.

The woman, who said she was high on crack cocaine at the time, said Polk paid her $30 before the alleged act and $30 after.

In the office of professional accountability document, a great deal of time is spent interviewing Polk.
When asked about the first alleged prostitute in an interview on September 13, 2011, Polk replied, "I don't know if I ended up pulling over to her and starting talking to her.  I mean, we had a little conversation and I don't, you know, really know if we actually had sex or if we just had oral sex or if we went all the way with it.  That I don't know. I can't remember."

When investigators told Polk the alleged incident happened in the summer of 2010, Polk said he would have been working with the youth services division at the time and was working "flood assessment" in MNPD uniform.  He also indicated he would've been in an unmarked black Chevy Malibu or Chevy Impala.

When asked to describe the sex, the document states Polk replied, "You know I can't recall if we actually had straight sex or oral, or it could have been both.  I think if I would be safe to say that it was probably both oral sex and then straight sex but it was not any anal sex."

Investigators also asked Polk about exchanging money for sex.

To that, he replied, "It would be safe to say I… I know I did give her money.  I gave her money.  I don't think she, I don't think she… I don't think she turned it down or anything like that, no."

When asked again if money was exchanged for sex, he reportedly said, "In my eyes, no.  I mean it could have been in hers, but that is not what my intent was, to pick her up in exchange [for sex]… I want to say she said she needed something and then I just went ahead and gave her the money."

Investigators also asked Polk about his relationship with Ivory.  He told investigators he met her at a strip club called Top Dogs on Buchanan Street.

The report reads, "You acknowledged that you and Ms. Ivory had dated and most likely had a child together.  The child purportedly to be yours was said to have been born on January 12, 2000.  You said you have been paying $200 a month for support of the child to Ms. Ivory's mother since a short time after Ms. Ivory's death."

The internal investigation also indicates that Polk used his police-issued computer to look at investigative photos of the crime scene where Ivory was found dead, which is a violation of departmental policy.

Assistant District Attorney Kathy Morante writes, "I believe there is sufficient evidence to charge Polk with prostitution.  Unfortunately, the statute of limitations has expired.  Were it not for that, I would authorize you to obtain a warrant against him for prostitution."

Kim C. Gilleland is Polk's attorney.  Over the phone, she told Nashville's News 2 not all, but some of the allegations against her client are false.

"Sgt. Christopher Polk resigned his position with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department in good standing," Gilleland said in a statement emailed to Nashville's News 2 Investigates.  "Sgt. Polk denies a majority of the allegations made against him as they are stated in the official paperwork, especially those stating he was engaging in inappropriate activities while on duty, but felt his interests were better served by leaving his position with the police department."

The statement continued, "Sgt. Polk further denies that he did anything that interfered with his ability to perform his policing duties with the utmost professionalism and dedication, as expected by the citizens of Davidson County."

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