Police Officer Who Slept With 6 Colleagues Says She Was ‘Sexually Groomed’

Police Officer Who Slept With 6 Colleagues Says She Was ‘Sexually Groomed’ La Vergne Police Department

Maegan Hall, the former Tennessee police officer who was fired for having sex with six colleagues, has claimed in a federal lawsuit that she was the victim of “sexual grooming” at work, NBC News reports. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Nashville on Monday, February 27, named the city of La Vergne as well as former Police Chief Burrel “Chip” Davis and former Sgts. Lewis Powell and Henry “Ty” McGowan as those responsible.

Hall says that she was denied due process and accuses those named in the suit of sharing intimate photos of her online and across state lines, both of which are federal offenses.

Jason Cole, the mayor of La Vergne, looked into the situation in December 2022 after he was told about Hall’s “intimate relationships” with fellow police officers. An external investigation found that Hall told her superiors about the relations at the time. The sexual incidents were said to have happened during a hot tub party on a houseboat with at least three other officers. In addition, nude photos of Hall and other officers were shared among the force.

Maegan Hall’s sexual grooming lawsuit makes some serious allegations

According to the suit Davis tried to have sex with Hall and another one of her superiors in text message conversations.

“During her employment, Ms. Hall was groomed to engage in sexually exploitative activities by men in the department including Sgt. Powell, Sgt. McGowan, and Chief Davis,” court documents read. “From the beginning of her employment, Ms. Hall experienced a workplace environment permeated with sexual innuendo and sexually explicit behavior.”

The suit also detailed other behaviors which contributed to the “sexually coercive environment” at the force, all of which had a negative impact on Hall’s mental well-being. These included sharing nude photos in her presence, telling her they wanted to have sex with her, and regularly sharing stories about their sexual experiences.

Maegan Hall did not ask for specific damages in the sexual grooming suit. However, it’s believed she wants medical expenses and lost wages covered, as well as compensation for emotional distress.

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