CLINTON—Cassen Jackson-Garrison, a former police officer and professional football player, has agreed to plead guilty to statutory rape and official misconduct, and he will be sentenced to two years of supervised probation, officials said this week.
Jackson-Garrison, 32, had a plea agreement hearing in Anderson County Criminal Court in Clinton on Monday. He is a former Oak Ridge Police Department officer who once played football for Vanderbilt University and the Kansas City Chiefs.
As part of the plea agreement, the original indicted charge of aggravated statutory rape, a Class D felony, was reduced to statutory rape, a Class E felony. The original aggravated charge said Jackson-Garrison was at least 10 years older than the female victim, who was 16 at the time. The indicted charge of official misconduct, also a Class E felony, remains unchanged.
There were inappropriate text messages between the victim and Jackson-Garrison, Anderson County Deputy District Attorney General Tony Craighead said during the plea agreement hearing on Monday. And Jackson-Garrison’s patrol car was parked at the girl’s home.
But Craighead told Criminal Court Judge Don Elledge that the victim has been uncooperative. [Read more…]