Sexual assault investigation at Silvedale Detention Center involving two inmates


CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (WDEF) – Hamilton County Sheriff deputies are investigating an alleged sexual assault involving two inmates inside the Silverdale Detention Center.

According to an affidavit obtained by News 12, the suspect in the case has been identified as Desmond Gearing, 29.

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On August 11, an inmate filed a complaint with Silverdale authorities about being sexually assaulted by Gearing.

According to the complainant, he was in his bed sleep that morning when Gearing woke him and began “touching his private parts.” The alleged victim told authorities that Gearing was naked when he woke him up and even told him to come with him to the shower.

On Friday, Gearing was charged with sexual battery and his bond on that charge was set at $20,000.

Gearing is scheduled to appear in court on that charge August 26.

Court records show that Gearing has a lengthy criminal record that dates all the way back to 2005.