Hamilton County corrections officer charged with sexual battery

Hamilton County corrections officer charged with sexual battery

July 25th, 2011 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

Jerry Melbert

Jerry Melbert

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

A corrections officer with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office was charged with sexual battery this weekend after a woman alleged he assaulted her on a dance floor.

Chattanooga police received a call around 2 a.m. Saturday and responded to the Palms Club at 6925 Shallowford Road. The victim said while she was dancing, Jerry Melbert approached her and then stuck his hand into her blouse.

The woman and her husband immediately alerted security who escorted Melbert from the club.

Melbert had left by the time police arrived but based on victim and witness accounts, he was arrested later.