Judge refuses to dismiss charges against Mendenhall chief

A judge has refused to throw out

charges against Mendenhall Police Chief James Sullivan, who will

stand trial Monday for having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

James Sullivan's attorney, Jeffrey Reynolds of Jackson, alleged

prosecutors destroyed evidence and the charges should be dismissed.

Circuit Judge Bob Evans ruled otherwise. Jury selection begins

Monday in Simpson County Circuit Court.

Reynolds accused the attorney general's office of intentionally

destroying key evidence and fabricating statements from an alleged


The attorney general charged Sullivan, 49, with four counts of

sexual battery. He is suspected of having four sexual encounters

with the teen from January to March. He is free on bond.