Nashville Juvenile Court PO Charged with Sexual Abuse
A probation officer with the Nashville Metro juvenile court system has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a 16-year-old male probationer under his supervision. According to officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department, 29-year-old Thomas J. Myers was arrested and charged with sexual battery by an authority figure on Friday, December 7.
The alleged victim came forward to Metro detective Elizabeth Mills on Thursday. He told police that Myers touched him inappropriately last month while the two were sitting in a car discussing the boy’s probation.
Myers was immediately placed on administrative leave pending a disciplinary hearing. Officials also revoked his access to juvenile court records and cases. He has been released from jail on a $10,000 bond.
Anyone else who believes that they have been a victim of inappropriate conduct by Myers has been encouraged to contact the MNPD’s Youth Services Sex Crimes Unit at 615-862-7417.
Legal Recourse For Victims of Sexual Abuse by Authority Figures
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com helps victims of sexual abuse find the justice and financial compensation they deserve for the trauma they’ve suffered. We’ve asked him to share some input into the options for legal recourse available to those who have been sexually abused by authority figures, such as law enforcement officials:
Police officers, probation officers, and other law enforcement professionals are in positions of authority. While most involved in law enforcement are honorable and trustworthy people, a handful of bad apples are predators who exploit their authority in order to commit terrible crimes of sexual abuse. When this happens, it’s crucial to make sure the victims get the support they need and that the perpetrator is held criminally responsible.
In some cases, a third party, such as the perpetrator’s employer, may also be considered negligent for failing to stop the abuse. For example, a police department could potentially be held liable for a sexual assault committed by an officer if the department failed to investigate previous allegations of sexual misconduct.
If you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted by a law enforcement officer or another authority figure, you can learn more about your legal options in a free consultation with one of our experienced sexual assault survivors lawyers.