Wednesday, 27 April 2016 11:25

Former Police Officer Indicted on Rape Charges

MEMPHIS – A former Memphis police officer has been indicted on rape and other charges stemming from an incident earlier this month a Downtown parking garage, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Wednesday.
A Shelby County Grand Jury on Tuesday indicted Officer Michael Smith, 39, on charges of rape by coercion or force, rape of a physically incapacitated victim and rape of a victim unable to consent.
He also was indicted on charges of sexual battery, official oppression and official misconduct.
According to investigators, a 26-year-old woman said Smith sexually assaulted her in the early-morning hours of Saturday April 16 at a parking garage on Second near Beale.
Smith resigned from the Memphis Police Department on April 19.
The case is being handled by Carrie Shelton, chief prosecutor of the DA’s Special Victims Unit which prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims; rape and aggravated rape of adult victims, and abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults.
SVU reviews child-victim cases with Shelby County’s multi-agency Child Protection Investigative Team.