Officer accused of sexually assaulting teen who broke curfew

Published 08-24-2018

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EAST POINT, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia police officer accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl while on duty has been fired.

News outlets report East Point Sgt. Richard Gooddine was fired Wednesday and is under investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Police Chief Tommy Gardner says an internal investigation found Gooddine violated department policies.

The teenager's attorney, Thomas Reynolds, says Gooddine detained the girl Sunday night for violating curfew.

Reynolds says Gooddine took the girl to his apartment, sexually assaulted her and then drove her home hours later. It's unclear if Gooddine has a lawyer.

The GBI previously investigated Gooddine over a 2011 sexual assault allegation involving a minor. The case wasn't prosecuted. Fulton County D.A. Public Affairs Director Chris Hopper has said the office was concerned about traumatizing the victim in that case.

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