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Officer pleads not guilty to offering to toss ticket in exchange for sex


MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis police officer appeared in court Monday to answer charges that he tried to toss out a traffic ticket in exchange for sex.

Officer Michael Kearney emerged from Courtroom 9 after bonding out of jail over the weekend.

Attorney Blake Ballin said Kearney pleaded "not guilty" after a woman accused him pulling her over in North Memphis, having her sit in the back of his squad car, and offering to toss out her ticket if she would have sex with him after his shift.

She also accused him of touching her private parts.

Though police confirm the incident escalated after Kearney's shift, they and Ballin cannot say what happened.
"I have information from two sources," he said. "One is from the affidavit of complaint, which does not present a very good timeline.  The other source is from my client.  I cannot discuss with you what my client has told me."

Ballin said there are witnesses.

"It's my understanding there were other officers on the scene when this arrest took place," he said. "I think ultimately we will hear from people other than the alleged victim."

Ballin said the case could go to a jury trial.

"He has a track record of being a law abiding citizen," Ballin said. "He's done his job well. One of the things we'll look into when we start investigating this further is the background of the person making these allegations and clear my client's name."

Meanwhile, the two-year Memphis police patrolman has been relieved of duty with pay, pending the outcome of the investigation.

Kearney is scheduled to be back in court September 13th for a preliminary hearing.

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