Commander Eugene Bridges with the Tunica County Sheriff’s Office is accused of forcing a fellow deputy to have sex with him in several different locations while on duty. The commander has since been fired.
One resident told WMC News he was shocked by the accusations. “Too shocked. I’m very shocked,” said Tunica County resident Mario Bryant. “You think they have your back. You’re safe, but you end up not safe to hear something like that.”
According to a four page complaint, the deputy, whose identity was not released, said Bridges “coerced her into having sex in a patrol car, the Sheriff’s Office building, and Bridges’ house, all while on duty.”
He reportedly told the deputy her job would be in jeopardy if she didn’t comply with his wishes.
The deputy also claims that Bridges gave her an STD.
Tunica County Sheriff’s officials posted a statement on their website saying, sexual harassment “is not condoned.”
The complaint was released just as the department was making a statement about sexual harassment. Officials said several employees are being investigated at this time for sexual harassment, according to localMemphis.com.
Commander Bridges has not yet been charged with a criminal offense. The case is still under investigation.
As for the deputy who filed the complaint, she is on medical leave because of stress.