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Former TPD officer accused of rape pleads to felony assault charge

Posted at 10:01 AM, May 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-12 17:19:43-04

A former Tallahassee Police officer accused of raping a woman during a traffic stop in 2018 will spend two months in jail after pleading to an aggravated assault charge.

Vincent Crump, 44, plead no contest to felony aggravated assault on Friday.

He will spend 58 days in jail, be on probation for five years, and be required to complete a psychosexual assessment by a licensed professional. He will also relinquish all law enforcement certifications and will be barred from applying for employment with another law enforcement agency in the future.

Crump, the brother of civil rights attorney Ben Crump, was accused of raping a woman after he pulled her over during a traffic stop last year. Evidence showed brought forth in two different trials showed that the two had sex, but the question was whether or not it was consensual.

He was tried twice in court, both both trials ended in mistrials.

"We wanted him to plea to a felony, to have a long term probation, go to jail, to give up his law enforcement credentials," said Sarah Dugan, Assistant State Attorney. "She doesn't want him to victimize anyone else."

Dugan says the victim in Crump's case says she is relieved to not have to go through the trial again and that it is over with.

A plea hearing has been rescheduled for former Tallahassee Police Officer Vincent Crump.

Crump is accused of raping a woman during a traffic stop in February 2018.

A second mistrial was declared in Crump's case back in April after a jury couldn't come to a decision following seven hours of deliberation.

During the second trial, the victim sat on the stand for two hours giving her side of the story.

"No, I wasn't happy. It was very fake. I was very nervous, so obviously, I can't tell people how I feel," the victim said while on stand in April. "So, I had to play along with it, because I was scared. He's intimidating. He's this big giant dude right in front of me, so I didn't know what to do."

Crump didn't testify, however his family released a statement after the ruling in April, saying in part:

"Clearly, there is no convincing evidence to support a conviction against him. We, his family, remain convinced of his innocence and hope the State Attorney will not waste community resources pursuing a third trial."

Crump's plea hearing was set to begin at 10:30 a.m. on Monday. That hearing has since been rescheduled to July 15.