KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The Knoxville Police Department announced Wednesday that a patrol officer had been placed on administrative leave after a domestic incident at his home.
Knoxville Police Officer Charles Roach was placed on administrative leave with his police powers suspended after KCSO deputies responded to “a domestic matter” at Roach’s home. Roach. 34, was arrested and charged with one count of simple assault.
Officers responded to the home around 2 a.m. Wednesday. The victim told investigators that Roach threw her cell phone in the backyard after waking her and their children up. Police said the victim unsuccessfully attempted to call 911 from an iPad after she was unable to locate her phone in the yard.
The victim said Roach shoved her against a wall before she took the children into the bathroom and locked the door. According to the report, Roach broke the door frame of the bathroom and threw her cellphone into the bathroom to her.
The officer had been off-duty at the time of his arrest by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. Prior to his arrest, Roach had been assigned to KPD’s Patrol Unit.
KPD Facebook posts show Roach has previously worked as a K-9 Officer. He was named KPD officer of the month in October 2019.
KPD’s Internal Affairs Unit will conduct an investigation pending the outcome of the criminal proceedings. No further information, such as the circumstances leading to Roach’s arrest and misdemeanor charge, was made available.
According to the city’s website, the Internal Affairs Unit is responsible for the investigation of allegations of misconduct by members of the KPD, and under certain circumstances, other employees of the City of Knoxville. The Internal Affairs Unit also tracks complaints made to KPD to allow for research on the various types of allegations that are made.
Erland says the KPD has no further comment at this time. An bonded arraignment hearing has been scheduled for May 26.