Former officer pleads guilty in unwanted sexual contact case
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Tennessee police officer accused of raping a woman he pulled over in a traffic stop has pleaded guilty to a federal charge related to unwanted sexual contact with a different female driver.
Former Spring Hill Officer Christopher Patrick Odom, 27, pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to one count of deprivation of rights under color of law, a charge that could bring a year in prison and a $100,000 fine.
The U.S. Attorney’s office said the indictment and testimony show Odom pulled the woman over during a June 2016 traffic stop in Spring Hill, which is in Williamson County, just south of Nashville. Prosecutors said Odom tried to kiss her, put his hands down her pants, placed her hand on his genitals, and lied about his name before letting her leave.
Odom also previously pleaded guilty to similar charges with other female motorists in June and July 2016 in Maury County. In those cases, Odom pleaded guilty in July to two counts of official misconduct. A rape charge against him was dismissed and he was placed in a diversion program for a sexual-battery charge. An indictment in Maury County says he detained one of the victims “beyond the scope of the traffic stop for the purpose of coercing (the victim) into performing a sexual act.” Odom was sentenced to six years of supervised probation in the Maury County cases.
Odom is scheduled to be tried in November on a separate rape charge in connection with a 2015 traffic stop in Williamson County.
He was fired from the department in October 2016.