Former Cheatham County sergeant arrested on sexual battery charges


CHEATHAM COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — A former Cheatham County sergeant, who was fired last year amid a state investigation, has been arrested on charges of sexual battery, according to the sheriff.

Cheatham County Sheriff Mike Breedlove said Jeremy Ethridge turned himself into law enforcement on two counts of sexual battery Monday morning.

Sheriff Breedlove said Ethridge was fired Sept. 4, 2020 for “violating department policies and general orders regarding personal conduct while off duty.”

Breedlove said inappropriate behavior was allegedly committed by Ethridge on the morning of Aug. 30, 2020 and was reported to him the following Monday.

The sheriff said he contacted the District Attorney’s office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation launched an investigation of Ethridge on sexual assault allegations.

No additional information has been released about the allegations against Ethridge.

Ethridge worked with the Cheatham County Sheriff’s Office for seven years.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 2 and for updates.


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