Trial date set in case that led to firing of Chattanooga police detective

James Leon Works Jr., an accused rapist, appears before Judge Barry A Steelman on the third floor of the Hamilton County Courthouse on September 25, 2014. Chattanooga police officer Karl Fields investigated the crime and was put on administrative leave after the alleged victim told the district attorney's office that Fields tried to have a sexual relationship with her while he investigated the crime.

James Leon Works, whose arrest last year triggered a criminal investigation into a Chattanooga detective, will go to trial in September.

Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Barry Steelman set Works' trial date Tuesday morning. He faces charges of possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, making methamphetamine, aggravated assault, kidnapping and rape.

Detective Karl Fields investigated Works' case. But in August, Works' alleged victim accused Fields of sexual harassment. She said Fields tried to kiss her, lurked outside her home and asked her for nude pictures.

photo Chattanooga Police Department detective Karl Fields

The victim's accusations, coupled with text messages to support her claim, led Chattanooga police to investigate their own detective.