Ex-city cop charged with sexual battery

Published 12:18 am Saturday, February 4, 2012

A former longtime Vicksburg police officer was charged Friday with sexual battery, Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said.

David D. “Bo” McLeod, 37, 285 Rawhide Lane, surrendered late Friday morning to county officials after being charged in a warrant for a sexual battery that occurred Jan. 25.

He was later released on $5,000 bond.

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McLeod, who was employed with the Vicksburg Police Department from 1998 to 2003 and from 2009 to 2011, is a member of the eight-county North Central Narcotics Task Force based in Greenwood, which includes Claiborne and Yazoo counties. He was a patrol officer and a K-9 officer for the Vicksburg Police Department.

He is now working as an agent for a multi-county narcotics task force.

He has been placed on administrative leave with pay, pending the completion of the investigation, task force director Chuck Harris said.

Pace said McLeod was charged in a warrant based on an affidavit signed by the woman, adding she was not someone McLeod had dealt with as a narcotics agent.

He said the woman called 911 just before 5 a.m. Jan. 25, said she had been assaulted sexually by a man, and identified McLeod.

He said McLeod, accompanied by his lawyer, was questioned by deputies earlier in the investigation.

Pace said information developed through the investigation was turned over to the district attorney’s office, and the warrant for McLeod’s arrest was issued Friday morning. He said McLeod turned himself in about 10:50 a.m.

According to Vicksburg Police Department records, McLeod was a patrol officer from 1998 until 2003, and again from 2004 until April 2011, when he joined the drug task force.