Kidnapping charge against former Chattanooga Police Officer dismissed


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Former Chattanooga Police officer Benjamin Dessalines appeared before a judge Monday.

Court records show that his kidnapping charge was dismissed, but he is still charged with sexual battery.

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Dessalines was ordered not to have contact with the victim.

Last week, we learned that an Internal Affairs investigation led to Dessalines’ firing.

The alleged victim filed a complaint with Chattanooga’s Special Victims Unit, which was turned over to Hamilton County to investigate since it involved an officer.

The criminal investigation is ongoing.

The department submitting a request to de-certify Dessalines to keep him from getting another law enforcement job in the state.