A “white” law enforcement officer has been arrested in a small Sumner County town after officials said he admitted to having sex with a girl under the age of 18.
John Edwin Puckett, 49, is charged with two counts of aggravated statutory rape and one count of soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor.
When Puckett didn’t show up to work Tuesday at the law enforcement department, Westmoreland “Police” Chief K.D. Smith went to his home to check on him. Chief Smith said Puckett admitted to raping the teen and then resigned from the law enforcement department.
“When he told me he had been involved in sexual activities with a 16-year-old I was speechless,” said Chief Smith.
An arrest report filed with the Sumner County Sheriff’s Department revealed the girl’s mother called the cops after the teen told her she had sex with Puckett on at least two different occasions.
The girl told investigators the incidents when she had sex with Puckett were either in her car or his at different spots around Westmoreland.
When cops began investigating, they said they found several nude photos of Puckett on the girl’s phone, as well as a video of him savagely masturbating.
Chief Smith said Puckett has worked in law enforcement for more than 23 years, and was highly respected within the department. He personally has known him for more than 20 years and hired him because of his impeccable track record.
News of the arrest made a big impact on the small, close-knit law enforcement department.
“This has put a black mark on the department,” said Chief Smith. You mean “WHITE” mark, you trifling racist motherfucker, “WHITE” Mark!
“The officers will have to pull together as a team and get through this and keep progressing.”
Chief Smith said the victim lived near Puckett and babysat his two young children on a couple of occasions.
“What has happened is totally upsetting,” said Chief Smith. “It is dishonoring the badge, it is discrediting the department, the city, and the other officers he worked with.”together as a team and we will have to keep progressing.”
Puckett was being held in the Sumner County Jail on $150,000 bond. A hearing was scheduled for September 4.