GREENEVILLE, TN (WJHL) – A detective has resigned from the Greeneville Police Department, and is barred from the Greene County jail.
Sheriff Hankins told News Channel 11’s Kylie McGivern he learned of allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct with inmates in the Greene County jail’s GED program about a month ago. He said he immediately contacted the FBI and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. According to the TBI, Detective Jeff Sowers is being investigated on allegations of sexual contact with female inmates. They told News Channel 11 their help was requested on June 9th.
Sowers, who taught GED students at the Greene County Detention Center, resigned from the Greeneville Police Department on July 1st. We’re told he had about 20 years of experience in law enforcement. He spent 12 of those years with the Greeneville Police Department.
“His resignation comes amid allegations of inappropriate conduct while off duty,” Greeneville Police Chief Terry Cannon told News Channel 11.
Chief Cannon went on to say, “I am very surprised. Jeff was doing a lot of our training and he also was on our bomb squad… He carried a pretty heavy role here with the Greeneville Police Department.”
“Knowing Jeff, which is actually a very good friend of mine and we worked together at the city for several years, it made me sick. I really respected him and think a lot of Jeff and just hate it in the worst way,” Sheriff Hankins told News Channel 11. “Whenever it’s a police officer and whenever it turns out to be a friend also, that just compounds everything. It hurts more.”
No charges have been filed at this time.
TBI says its investigation remains “active and ongoing.”
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