On December 3, Officer Jamison Stiles was interviewed and relieved of duty for the remainder of his shift. The next day, police said Stiles was placed on paid administrative leave and was relieved of his badge and gun pending the outcome of the internal investigation. A separate criminal investigation was initiated by the Fayetteville Police Department Criminal Investigation Division.
"He was a patrol officer and he had been here approximately three years", said Fayetteville Sergeant Craig Stout.
On December 4, detectives were assigned to investigate a sexual assault said to have been committed by Fayetteville Police Officer Jamison Stiles.
The victim reported she woke up around 4:30 a.m. on October 26, with a uniformed police officer in her bedroom standing over top of her. She claims he then pulled down her covers and grabbed her breast. The victim reported the crime and was picked Stiles from a photo lineup.
According to an affidavit, the police investigation uncovered the following: Stiles arrested the victim, who was intoxicated, at 12:18 a.m. on October 26 and placed her in the back of his patrol unit. Stiles told her that he was "trying his best not to arrest her" and asked if someone was home for him to take her to.
Stout said, "We try to look for alternatives to arrest whenever possible and there are some situations where you know rather than effect and arrest we may try to get a cab ride home."
Police said Stiles then turned off his police vehicle video recorder and at 12:28 a.m. notified police dispatch that she was no longer under arrest. Investigators said his mobile video recorder was turned back on within two minutes and Stiles was seen driving away from the scene with her in his car.
The report goes on to state Stiles took the victim to her apartment building at 12:36 a.m., where he again turned off his mobile video recorder and did not leave her apartment building until 1:03 a.m. Police said he then returned to his patrol duties, but went back to the victim's apartment building. The first was from 1:54 a.m. to 2:01 a.m. and the second visit was from 4:05 a.m. until 4:34 a.m. The second time frame matches when the victim alleged the assault.
Detectives said Stiles had no authority to be inside the victim's residence during the assault. He did, however, have a working master key to the apartment since he is a courtesy officer. Investigators requested an interview with Stiles and he declined to give a statement.
Stiles was fired by the police department on Monday, December 16.
"Unfortunately an instance like this does give the department a black eye", said Stout.
The affidavit goes on to state on December 17, a former Fayetteville Police Department dispatcher reached out to an officer who was off duty and reported that she was sexually assaulted by Officer Stiles while Stiles was on duty. According to police, she said she was at the police department sometime in July and had a conversation with Stiles outside as he was coming on duty to work. As she drove off, she told police she remembered Stiles watching her drive away.
Sometime later that evening, she told detectives she received a text message from an unidentified number and after some exchanges, Stiles told her it was him texting. Based on police department records, investigators said Stiles accessed his computer and ran her vehicle license number which shows her name and address. Police said he then used this information to further the alleged assault.
The police report when on to state Stiles drove by the victim's house at least four times over a one and a half hour period before the assault. Between 12:57 a.m. and 1:43 a.m. on July 8, Stiles showed up at the victim's house in a marked police vehicle and fully dressed in his patrol uniform as she was in her driveway eating.
Investigators said the victim and Stiles talked for some time, and then he took her phone and looked through her private photos while moaning at them. The report went on to say he eventually gave the phone back and as the victim turned to walk away, she was place in a bear hug by Stiles. The affidavit states Stiles then placed both his hands down insider her shorts and under her panties, rubbing her buttocks and hips. The victim told police he grinded into her and moaned as he restrained her movement.
Stiles then let her go and they had a brief conversation as she stood there contemplating the situation, according to police. As the victim tried to walk away, the report states Stiles reached out and grabber her again, restricting her movement. According to investigators, he again ran both his hands down her shorts and under her panties. The victim reported Stiles penetrated her as he continued to moan and grind into her.
Throughout the investigation, officers conducted interviews, reviewed radio logs, Digital Mobile Video Recorder data, and metadata from the GPS tracking data from patrol cars. The affidavit went on to state Stiles' attorney was contacted on December 20 and he was requested to have Stiles surrender himself later that afternoon.
"Not only does it hurt the public's trust, it's from a departmental stand point, this is something that we realize as police officers can never be tolerated", Stout said.
Stiles was booked into the Washington County Detention Center on charges of Burglary, 2nd Degree Sexual Assault, and Rape. He posted a 50,000 dollar bond on Saturday and was released.
Sergeant Stout said all officers undergo extensive background checks, but unfortunately they can't predict when someone will commit a crime. Following stiles' arrest, Stout said the department plans to look back and see if there is anything they could have done differently.