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Former MPD officer indicted for official misconduct

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Former Memphis Police Officer Brandon Berry was indicted by a Shelby County grand jury on charges he allegedly forced men to perform sex acts in exchange for not arresting them.

The 26-year-old Berry resigned from the police force in May, a police spokesperson said.

The grand jury indicted the former officer on Tuesday on one count of official misconduct.

Berry was processed at the Shelby County jail on Thursday but has posted bail.

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich's office is prosecuting this case. The DA decided to take this case to the grand jury.

The rest of the details of the case won't be made public until the case goes to trial. Berry's case will move through criminal court. There is no word yet on his next court date.
FOX13 News asked to speak with Police Director Toney Armstrong, but were told he was unavailable to talk about this case.

An internal affairs file was started on the former Memphis policeman after a traffic stop on Lamar Avenue back in January. A few days later the victim went to the MPD sex crimes bureau and filed a complaint against Berry.

The victim says the officer told him he wouldn't go to jail if he performed a sex act with him. The victim identified Berry in a photo line-up.     

The former Memphis policeman was subject to an administrative investigation, but he resigned from the force on the day a hearing was scheduled on his charges. The investigation concluded, "the evidence in this case does show Officer Brandon Berry violated several Memphis Police Department policies."

Berry was assigned to the Airways station. He'd been on the force about three years.

FOX13 News also viewed a second investigation that involved a 19-year-old who accused Berry of making sexual advances when he was working as a crossing guard at Airways Middle School. Internal affairs investigators cleared Berry in that case.


FOX13 News reporter Matt Gerien contributed to this report.

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