Former Jackson Police officer indicted for rape

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DOWNTOWN JACKSON — Following an investigation by Jackson police, facts were presented to the Madison County grand jury on Monday, and an indictment was returned charging Everett Gray with rape. Investigators notified Gray, 29, of Jackson, and he surrendered around 4 p.m. Monday. He was then transported and booked in at the Madison County Jail. Gray is scheduled to be arraigned and have a bond set on Monday in Madison County Circuit Court, Division II. On April 4, a 39-year-old woman reported to police that she was raped inside her Jackson apartment by an acquaintance, Gray. After an ensuing investigation, police met with the District Attorney and subsequently presented the case directly to the grand jury. At the time of the incident, Gray had been employed as a Patrol Officer with the Jackson Police Department just short of 14-months. Gray, who was not on-duty when the incident occurred, was still under a two-year probationary period with the department. When police were notified of the allegation, Gray was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. On May 22, Gray submitted a letter of resignation and was separated from employment as an officer. Jackson Police Chief Gill Kendrick chose not to talk on camera, but did release a statement: “We regret the situation happened and hope it doesn’t reflect negatively on the police department. We do know that one person does not reflect the entire department but when or if a situation happens we seek to investigate and take action as shown in this situation.” For now Gray is being housed at the Chester County jail as a precaution. Sheriff Blair Weaver said he is being kept in solitary for his own safety.

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