A Shelby County grand jury has indicted Memphis police officer Cornelius Monger on three charges of rape and incest after having inappropriate sexual contact with a family member in his residence.
The 33-year-old officer turned himself into police on Tuesday after being charged with Rape, Statutory Rape by an Authority Figure and Incest. Monger is in the Shelby County jail on a $100,000 bond.
The sheriff's department said they received multiple reports from sources of Officer Monger's alleged activity with a teenager. The teenage victim also came forward and corroborated the allegations stating the abuse began when she was 16 years of age.
"It sickens me to know that an officer of the law has violated the innocence of a child," Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said in a statement. "This individual calls himself a Memphis Police Officer; I call him a criminal. The actions of this individual will undoubtedly bruise the image of the Memphis Police Department, but the citizens of Memphis must recognize that those officers that choose to violate the law only represent a small percentage of officers. Your Memphis Police Department is comprised of over twenty-four hundred officers that choose to do good. We will continue to work hard to serve the citizens of Memphis, and we will continue to weed out those who violate the law."
Officer Monger, assigned to the Old Allen Station, is relieved of duty pending the outcome of an investigation.