TBI opens investigation of former Cheatham Co. Sergeant on sexual assault allegation

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CHEATHAM COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said they’ve opened an investigation of a former Cheatham County Sergeant on an allegation of sexual assault.

This comes after Cheatham County Sheriff Mike Breedlove told News 2 former Sergeant Jeremy Ethridge was fired on Friday, September 4 for violating department policies and general orders regarding personal conduct while off duty.

Breedlove said inappropriate behavior was allegedly committed by Ethridge in the early morning hours of August 30 and was reported on the following Monday morning to him.

Breedlove said he then contacted the 23rd Judicial District Attorney’s office, which forwarded a request to the TBI.

Now, the TBI said at the request of District Attorney General Ray Crouch, agents were requested to open an investigation of Ethridge on an allegation of sexual assault.

“This is unfortunate and hits hard when one of our own fails to uphold their sworn duty.  Any violation by a law enforcement member, will be investigated. Even though officers are being attacked nationwide, we have a high standard for how they act on and off duty.” 

Breedlove added, “This was not an on-duty incident but after hours; however, I requested a TBI investigation to make sure the facts are found and the public’s confidence in their sheriff’s office stays intact.”  

Ethridge was with the department for seven years.

TBI said this investigation is active and ongoing.

No other information was immediately released.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 2 and WKRN.com for updates.

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