Former Spring Hill Police Officer Pleads Guilty To Federal Civil Rights Violation
Former Spring Hill Police Officer Christopher Patrick Odom, 27, of Spring Hill, Tennessee, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to one count of deprivation of rights under color of law for engaging in unwanted sexual contact with a female motorist while on duty as a police officer, announced Donald Q. Cochran, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.
“This office will never tolerate such an abuse of power by a public servant.” Said U.S. Attorney Cochran. “The few who choose to dishonor their badge and violate their oath will be held accountable for their actions. I commend the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for initiating a swift and thorough investigation which ultimately led to this defendant pleading guilty.”
According to the indictment and statements made during the plea hearing, Odom initiated a traffic stop on the female victim during the late evening hours of June 25, 2016. Upon approaching the victim’s car, Odom ordered her to write her name and phone number or date of birth on a piece of paper. Thereafter, Odom ordered the victim out of her car and brought her to the side of his patrol car. He then tried to kiss the victim and put his hands down her pants. He then grabbed the victim’s hand and placed it on his penis. Odom also lied to the victim about his name before finally allowing her leave the scene.
Odom previously pleaded guilty to state charges of sexual battery and official misconduct regarding other female motorists in Maury County and is facing similar state charges in Williamson County.
Odom faces up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine. He will be sentenced by United States District Judge Aleta Trauger on March 9, 2018. His sentence will be imposed by the Court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and applicable federal statutes.
This case was investigated by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in consultation with the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. Assistant United States Attorneys Henry Leventis and Sara Beth Myers are prosecuting the case.