- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A jury has acquitted a former Memphis police officer of rape, but has found him guilty of official oppression.

The Commercial Appeal (https://bit.ly/1SZkrKp ) reports that 55-year-old John Smith was given the maximum two-year sentence for the oppression charge, but because he has spent nearly five years in jail awaiting trial, officials said Smith could be released as soon as Thursday.

In October 2009, a woman told police that she was walking in Memphis when Smith stopped her and asked for her identification.

The woman said Smith then pulled her behind a building and said she had to have sex with him or go to jail.

Smith was released on bond after his initial arrest, but failed to appear on a disorderly conduct charge and was taken back into custody in 2011. He has remained in jail since.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, https://www.commercialappeal.com


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