Personnel meeting held for East Ridge officer fired for inappropriate relationship

Attorneys for former East Ridge Police officer Adam Rose (pictured, left) argue that Rose's termination from the force because of a relationship with an 18-year-old was wrongful. (Image: WTVC)

A personnel meeting is underway Monday morning for Adam Rose, an East Ridge Police officer fired in November after it was revealed he had an inappropriate relationship with an 18-year-old high school student.

Rose told the panel he began the relationship with the woman back in June, after she turned 18, and while they both worked at a Food City.

His attorneys said at the hearing that after an initial investigation, he received a letter saying there was no evidence he committed any crime.

But Rose's attorneys say after a second investigation, he received a termination letter, one which they claim says he broke laws and East Ridge city policy. East Ridge City Manager Kenny Custer told NewsChannel 9 Rose "engaged in conduct contrary to the community standards of honesty, justice and/or good moral values," going against his sworn oath as a police officer.

Rose insists he did not engage in inappropriate contact with the woman before she turned 18. He also said he did nothing inappropriate with the woman while he was on duty.

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Rose also claims he was kicked off the SWAT team after raising safety issues with equipment.

He says he believe his termination has more to do with that, rather than his relationship with the woman.

An East Ridge city attorney asked Rose if he considered his conduct acceptable:

Rose replied "If they're over age and nothing is done while on duty, I don't see a problem with it. My personal life is my business."

In a statement, City Manager Custer said “Rose engages in conduct contrary to the community standards of honesty, justice and or good moral values.”

Watch Aaron Farrar's report below:

This is a developing story. Depend on us to bring you updates as we get them.

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