Cleveland police chief Snyder calls newspaper story 'grossly inaccurate'

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photo Statement released by Chief Wesley B. Snyder, Jr.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. - Cleveland's police chief on Wednesday denounced a Times Free Press report of a court case in which his own assistant chief said he failed to immediately launch official investigations into reports in 2008 that some of his officers were having sex with teenage girls.

Chief Wes Snyder called a news conference Wednesday and read a statement calling reporter Todd South's Tuesday story "grossly inaccurate" and "totally irresponsible."

According to Snyder's statement, "Mr. South reports that I had knowledge of drug and sexual abuse by members of this department prior to my internal affairs investigation.