Cleveland Police Chief Wes Snyder knew about claims of statutory rape against officers

photo Cleveland, Tenn., Police Chief Wes Snyder is seen in this file photo.

photo Cleveland, Tenn., City Manager Janice Casteel is seen in this file photo.

photo Cleveland Assistant Police Chief Gary Hicks

Recent court testimony indicates that Cleveland, Tenn., Police Chief Wes Snyder knew of allegations of statutory rape and drug abuse against some of his officers in 2008 but did not launch a direct investigation into the claims.

The officers later were arrested, fired and pleaded guilty to sex acts with teenage girls.

Testifying Nov. 17 in an employment lawsuit filed by former Cleveland detective Duff Brumley, Cleveland Assistant Police Chief Gary Hicks described a hostile work climate and said Snyder showed animosity toward Brumley leading up to the officer's 2010 firing.

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