HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WHLT) – A former Hattiesburg police officer is fired for allegedly having sex with a teenager while on duty, and he could soon be facing a criminal charge.
WHLT’s Candace Coleman sat in as his case was presented to the city’s Civil Service Commission.
Sergeant Clint Breland was fired from the Hattiesburg Police Department on February 3, 2015.
Now he wants his job back, including back pay and benefits.
According to an internal affairs investigation, Breland is accused of starting a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old in 2011.
During the hearing, the lead investigator said Breland had sex with the teen at least once while he was on duty at a location outside city limits, in Lamar County.
“She actually lead us to that particular site. The one that was outside the city,” Lt. Jon Traxler said.
When Lt. Traxler and former Chief of Police Frazier Bolton learned of the allegations, Breland and the woman were asked for statements and given a lie detector test.
It was concluded by the department that he had acted in a way unbecoming of an officer.
Now, Breland’s attorney has questioned the validity of the polygraphs and statements.
“He was jamming my client in such a manner to get him upset so he knew that when Sergeant Breland took the polygraph, he would be in a high state of agitation,” said Breland’s attorney, David Frazier.
“We know that she has been constant with her statement of saying that at least on one occasion while he was on duty, in his uniform, that he had sex with her while she was 16-years-old,” said Former City of Hattiesburg Attorney, Charles lawrence.
Breland’s attorney also says he doesn’t deny having sex with the then 16-year-old, he just didn’t do it while on the clock.
According to Lt. Traxler, Lamar County District Attorney Hal Kitrell is preparing to present a sexual battery case to a grand jury.
Lt. Traxler says even though 16 is the age of consent in Mississippi, he believes Breland should be indicted, because he was in a position of trust or authority. That is illegal if the person is under 18.
The Hattiesburg Civil Service Commission now has to decide whether or not Breland’s firing was appropriate and his actions were unbecoming of an officer.
If they rule in his favor, he could get his job back.
We’re told they will make their decision before Christmas.