Former Knoxville officers charged with buying alcohol for teens

Former Knoxville officers charged with buying alcohol for teens

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- Two former Knoxville police officers are charged with misdemeanors for allegedly buying alcohol for a pair of 13-year-old girls, according to court records.

Nicky R. Bryant and Donald Scott Clark are each charged with two counts of buying alcohol for minors. They turned themselves in at the Knox County Detention Facility Thursday morning.

Each man was released on a $500 bond. Their next court date is scheduled for September 14.

Bryant and Clark both resigned in July. Bryant's house on Bland Lane was searched in July and an affidavit supporting the warrant was filed. 

In that affidavit, sheriff's office Detective Amylynn Delgado wrote that one of the girls claimed Bryant and Clark gave them alcohol more than once and they would "dance with their shirts off and bikini tops on."

One of the girls told Detective Delgado that Bryant picked them up and took them to his house frequently. They even stayed overnight at times. She said she slept in the same bed with Bryant sometimes, but nothing sexual happened.

The girl also told investigators she started watching pornography at Bryant's house when she was 11 or 12 and it was on his computer in a spare bedroom. The former officers watched the pornography with the girls, she said.

"What's important is when you make a mistake to say you made a mistake," said attorney Greg Isaacs, who's representing Clark. 

"Mr. Clark will continue to deny allegations for things he didn't do, but again he's going to accept responsibility for things that he did," Isaacs said.

Isaacs won't say if that means his client will plead guilty to the alcohol-related charges, but denies the claims that Clark watched porn with the girls or saw them dance in bikini tops.

The warrant states pornography was found in the home, but Isaacs points out, no other charges have been filed.

"It's Mr. Clark's goal to obtain closure for his family, for the victims and everyone involved," Isaacs said.

Knoxville Police Chief Sterling Owen released this statement on the charges:

"Earlier today, the Knoxville Police Department was informed of charges that were placed on two former KPD officers as a result of a Knox County Sheriff's Office investigation. Throughout the sheriff's office and the Knox County District Attorney General's office investigation, our department cooperated fully and assisted as needed by their investigators. This alleged type of conduct would be an embarrassment to the professional men and women of the department who proudly serve the citizens of Knoxville everyday. We want our community to know that inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated."

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