A Ripley police lieutenant has been indicted after Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation carried out an investigation on him. He has been charged with official misconduct and patronizing prostitution after having sex with prostitutes in his squad car while on duty.
It is always a sad day when a member of the force, who is in place to serve and protect the public, betrays the trust that we have for them. I will agree that police officers are held to a higher standard, but it is a position they fight for. We look to them in times of need.
He should have been available, not putting in overtime with the prostitutes.
Action News reports:
At the request of 25th District Attorney General Mike Dunavant, on March 27th, TBI Special Agents began investigating Donald Bonds, who is a lieutenant with the Ripley Police Department, on allegations of sexual misconduct. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that on two different occasions in January and February 2017, Bonds paid to have sex while on duty and inside his police vehicle.
On June 5th, the Lauderdale County Grand Jury returned indictments, charging Donald Orvell Bonds with four counts of Official Misconduct and two counts of Patronizing Prostitution. Bonds was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Lauderdale County Justice Complex. He was released after posting a $10,000 bond. Bonds is currently suspended without pay.
He should be suspended without pay! In fact, he should be fired and never allowed into another government job again. While he was off bumping uglies with prostitutes, there are potential lives he could have saved, or crimes he could have stopped. His free time is his free time, but to do so on duty and in his squad car is despicable.
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