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Former Assistant Police Chief Charged With Child Rape

Posted at 2:13 PM, Jul 13, 2016

A former assistant police chief in Greenbrier has been arrested and charged with the rape of a child.

Authorities with the Greenbrier Police Department said 49-year-old Kevin Richards turned himself in Tuesday morning.

Chief K.D. Smith said the police department received a call from the Robertson County Child Advocacy Center and DCS officials alleging Richards had sexually assaulted a minor on Friday.

Two warrants were issued for Richards after interviews were completed and evidence had been gathered. The incident allegedly took place within the city limits of Greenbrier.

Richards was charged with aggravated sexual battery and rape of a child. He was released from jail on a $100,000 bond.

According to Chief Smith, Richards resigned in September 2015 and went to work for the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance.

The chief added Richards was an employee with the Greenbrier Police Department for 20 years. Richards was also interim chief before Smith took over in 2014. Richards then served as assistant chief under Smith.

Chief Smith said Richards was a good employee and followed instructions well. He added Richards left the department in good standing.

According to the chief, the incident has been tough on the officers who knew Richards and Greenbrier as a whole.

Chief Smith said this was the second time he's had to deal with something like this. In 2013, Smith was chief of Westmoreland when one of his officers admitted to having sex with a 16-year-old girl.