Former cop charged with child sex crimes

Cassen Jackson-Garrison

A former cop was arrested in Knoxville on charges that he molested at least two children, authorities said Tuesday. 

Cassen Jackson-Garrison, 36, was indicted by a Knox County grand jury on 14 separate charges including sexual battery by an authority figure, rape, aggravated statutory rape, statutory rape by an authority figure and assault.

Jackson-Garrison, a former running back for the Vanderbilt Commodores, was previously a police officer at both the Knoxville Police Department and Oak Ridge Police Department. He resigned from KPD in 2011 and went to work at ORPD, where he was eventually charged with statutory rape and official misconduct for having an inappropriate relationship with a minor.

He pleaded guilty in 2017 but his record was recently expunged after he was granted diversion, according to Oak Ridge Today.

“In mid-September, KPD Special Crimes Unit investigators were made aware of an incident involving Cassen … and a juvenile victim,” KPD spokesperson Scott Erland said Tuesday. “Following extensive investigation into those allegations, investigators were able to link Jackson-Garrison to at least two separate juvenile victims.”

Erland continued: “On the morning of Friday, October 8, Jackson-Garrison was located by KPD officers and stopped while traveling on I-40 West near Alcoa Highway. He was taken into custody without incident on the outstanding warrants.”

The investigation into Jackson-Garrison, who is now a Knoxville resident, is continuing, he said. 

“In incidents of this nature, investigators recognize the potential for victims who are unknown to authorities. If you or someone you know has been the victim of a crime of this nature, please contact the Special Crimes Unit at 865-215-6810,” he said.

Published on October 13, 2021.