Ringgold City Police Officer Arrested on Sexual Assault Charges
Ringgold City Police officer Blake Ballew was arrested on Monday, August 26 for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman he met while he was on duty. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) charged Ballew with aggravated sexual assault, violation of oath of office, and false imprisonment.
According to the GBI, the Varnell Police Department requested their assistance on Thursday, August 22. The Varnell PD said that a woman made a police report for an alleged sexual assault by Officer Ballew.
Ballew reportedly met the woman while on duty and the alleged assault also took place while he was on duty, according to the GBI. The GBI conducted interviews and reviewed physical evidence, which they said led to the arrest of Ballew.
Ballew is currently being held in the Catoosa County Jail.
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Justice For Victims of Sexual Assault by Law Enforcement Officers
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now represents survivors of sexual assault in civil lawsuits. Brian has offered to share some general info concerning the legal rights of those who have been sexually assaulted by police and other law enforcement officers:
Police officers take an oath to protect and serve the public. While most officers live up to this oath, there are others who exploit their authority. Sometimes, police officers even commit sexual assault while on duty. The victims of these crimes deserve justice.
Many victims of sexual assault by law enforcement officers may feel like they have no legal recourse because of the officer’s authority, but this is not the case. These victims have rights under both the criminal justice and civil court systems.
When the assault is reported, the accused officer will be investigated and prosecuted. Additionally, the victim may have grounds for a lawsuit against the department.
If you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted by a police officer, we advise discussing your legal options with an experienced sexual assault victims attorney.
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