OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (WATE) — A former police officer and Vanderbilt football player who was previously arrested for raping a teen is facing new rape charges.
According to court documents, investigators believe Cassen Jackson-Garrison, 36, raped a minor between age 13 and 18 in September and believed he used a position of trust as an authority figure to accomplish the sexual contact.
In a release from the Knoxville Police Department later Tuesday, their investigation unveiled at least two separate juvenile victims.
A grand jury indicted Jackson-Garrison on 14 counts including sexual battery by an authority figure, rape, aggravated statutory rape, statutory rape by an authority figure, assault, solicitation of a minor, sexual activity involving a minor, and distribution of material to minors.
Jackson-Garrison was taken into custody Friday, Oct. 8, on an outstanding warrant. It is the second time Jackson-Garrison, a former Oak Ridge and Knoxville Police officer, has faced rape charges. He resigned from KPD in January 2011.
Jackson-Garrison’s first rape charges came in 2015. Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation took him into custody after they found probable cause to believe he had sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old girl while he was on duty and while her mother was at work.
He pleaded guilty to statutory rape and official misconduct and received a two-year supervised probation sentence. The 2015 charges were dismissed in January 2021 after he completed the terms of his probation. He surrendered his Peace Officer Standards Training for police officers as part of the agreement.
The charges were eventually expunged.
Jackson-Garrison graduated from Knoxville’s Central High School in 2003 and played collegiately at Vanderbilt University from 2004-2006.