DeKalb cop resigns in wake of sex probe

A DeKalb County police officer has resigned in the wake of an investigation that charged him with having sex while on duty.

Freddie Lee Davis Jr. resigned at the conclusion of a police Internal Affairs investigation revealed he had sexual encounters with a woman in his patrol car  at least once during his overnight shift. He is the second DeKalb officer to be disciplined this year for having sex on the job.

The investigation began when the woman filed a complaint against him, telling internal affairs about the transgression.

According to the internal affairs investigative report, obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution using the Georgia Open Records Act, Davis was placed on administrative leave on March 2 for conduct unbecoming a police officer. He tendered his resignation the same day.

Davis could not be reached for comment.

The report says Davis admitted to having sex with the woman behind a liquor store on Wesley Chapel Road while on duty last fall.

In an interview with internal affairs investigators, Davis acknowledged that he met the woman in August, and that he declined to tell her at the time that he was married. Davis told investigators the woman learned he was married sometime in September.

In an interview with internal affairs investigators, the woman said she had sex a second time with Davis at Fairington Park, near Panola Road. Davis denied this, however.

Davis had been with the DeKalb police department since June 2008, starting as a civilian crime scene investigator and transferring in 2010 to sworn officer.

The second-year cop had received high marks on his evaluations prior to the incident, according to personnel records obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and was lauded for his work during a two-year stint with the Crime Scene Investigation unit.

“Investigator Davis has set a new standard for future crime scene investigators,” police criminal investigations Sgt. A.K. Pittman, Davis’ supervisor in 2008, said in a letter justifying a near-perfect score on Davis’ first six-month evaluation.

“His contribution of professionalism, work ethic and attention to detail are immeasurable to the DeKalb County Crime Scene Investigation unit.”

The Georgia P.O.S.T. Council, the statewide police certification agency, is conducting an investigation to determine whether to revoke his authority to work as a police officer.

“It’s moving forward with some deliberate speed to it,” P.O.S.T. director Kenneth Vance told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Davis is the second DeKalb officer this year who’s lost his job due to sexual activity.

Sgt. DuWayne Thomas was fired in January for having sex with a subordinate, and also for leaving the county while on duty, apparently to have sex with the same subordinate.

Also, in February, a number of officers were reprimanded for having sex at the department’s south precinct.

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