AUDIO: 19-year-old Lauren Bell initially claimed she had relations with a Clarksville Police Officer while he was on-duty. Recordings between CPD Captain Burdine and the teen reveal she recanted that statement, however, the investigation resulted in the initial demotion, and then termination, of Field Training Officer Jarreil Peoples after it was discovered he exchanged over 16,000 texts with the teen on his city-provided cell phone, to include sexual images and videos.
In February, a 19-year-old woman named Lauren Bell posted a scathing accusation against then Clarksville Police Department Field Training Officer Jarreil Peoples. On Facebook, she claimed he had gotten her pregnant while on duty but in the ensuing Internal Affairs investigation, she immediately recanted.
On February 28th, a woman named Lauren Bell posted on the Clarksville Police Department Facebook page claiming that now removed Officer Jarreil Peoples had gotten her pregnant. She prodded Peoples and his wife of twelve years and specified that he was having sex with her “WHILE ON DUTY!!!!!!”
Bell further professed that “He has done a lot while on duty that he will get in trouble for”. Yet, in a February 28th interview with CPD Captain Ty Burdine, Bell firmly denied the couple had ever had intercourse while he was on duty. She also claimed that nothing lewd had been communicated on Peoples’ government-issued cell phone.
After asking if there would be any legal implications if what she posted had not been true, Lauren Bell confessed that the February 28th post was because she was angry and wanted to upset Peoples and his wife.
It was also disclosed in the investigation interview that Lauren and Jarreil began talking at the behest of her parents because she was in an abusive relationship with Christian Kotel. Kotel plead guilty to domestic assault in November 2019 and during Kotel’s arrest, he mentioned to Officer Knoblock in the back of the cruiser that Peoples was having an affair with Bell. Peoples confirmed this was the timeframe his wife became aware of the affair.
Field Training Officer Peoples was initially demoted as a result of the internal affairs investigation, after it was found he exchanged 16,760 text messages with Lauren Bell in the five-month period between October 2019 and February 2020. The demotion resulted in a paygrade and rank decrease, taking him from an FTO/PO II to a PO 1, resulting in a salary decrease from 44K to 38K/yr. He was later be terminated in October 2020.
5,592 of the text messages were exchanged on his city-owned cell phone while he was on-duty as an FTO, a majority of which he had a trainee driving him in the patrol vehicle. Some of those days include phone calls for hours in length, including 104 minutes of calls on November 10th, 185 minutes of calls on November 18th, and 121 minutes of calls on February 6th.
The investigation also revealed FTO Peoples sent photos of his penis, and videos of him masturbating, on multiple occasions from his city-owned phone. He also received photos and videos of the same from Bell.
In October, Officer Peoples was terminated from the Clarksville Police Department. Also, in October, Lauren Bell posted on social media she had delivered a baby, but we have been unable to confirm any details to date.
Below is the investigative summary provided by Clarksville Police: