Arrested jailer denies pit bulls were used for fights

A corrections deputy accused of dog fighting and animal abuse denied on Friday that he fights the 14 pit bulls taken from his Whitehaven home.

Jamario Taylor, 30, and Franchesca Morgan, 36, were arrested Thursday when Memphis police officers investigated a complaint at 5254 Whitworth and found the dogs either in the house or chained in the back yard.

Taylor and Morgan were charged with a dozen counts of cruelty to animals, 14 counts of keeping an unvaccinated dog and one count of animal fighting. Continue reading

Deputy Accused of Watching Tennessee Inmates Shower

A sheriff’s deputy has been fired for allegedly pointing a security camera at women while they showered.


Corrections Officer Joshua Woodard admitted to using jail security cameras to zoom in on two female inmates who were taking showers last Monday, said police.

It turned out Woodard was being watched, too; there was another set of security cameras in dispatch. When he inappropriately zoomed in on the women, he was arrested and later fired by Sumner County Sheriff Bob Barker.

“We’re not going to tolerate it,” Barker said.

Woodard, who has worked at the jail for two years, was charged with unlawful photography, which is a misdemeanor. He has not had any other major disciplinary problems.

April Creasy, one of the inmates Woodward allegedy video taped, is serving time for Tenncare fraud after becoming addicted to hydrocodone. Her mother said Creasy has turned her life around in jail and will hopefully be going home to her three sons in October.

“She sees the light now,” said Anna Lawhorn, her mother.

Gallatin Deputy Allegedly Watched Inmate Shower


Former jail guard gets probation for trusty tryst

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. — A former jail guard is on probation after pleading guilty to five counts of sexual contact with a prisoner.

Twenty-five-year-old Dawn Marie Heading entered the plea Monday. She was sentenced to 18 months of probation.

The Kingsport Times News reports the relationship between Heading and trusty Phillip Greenwell became known after she informed her jail supervisor she was pregnant and requested a light duty assignment.


Greenwell was transferred to state custody and lost good time credits earned for his work as a trusty at the Carter County Jail.


Prison Guard Trial To Begin Monday

Guard Accused Of Attacking Child Rapist

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A trial is set to start Monday for a prison guard accused of attacking a convicted child rapist.


Joshua Barber is charged with beating Jeremy Duffer as the inmate was being transported from one cell to another at the Charles Bass Correctional Complex. Continue reading

Former Johnson City jailer pleads guilty to selling cigarettes to inmates

JOHNSON CITY (AP) — A former Washington County jailer has pleaded guilty to official misconduct for selling cigarettes to inmates for $100 per pack.

Timothy Ray Crain, of Johnson City, entered his plea to eight counts of misconduct on Monday and was sentenced to one year in jail in the plea agreement.

Crain told Criminal Court Judge Robert Cupp that the inmates approached him about buying the cigarettes.

Sheriff Ed Graybeal said the county jailer went into the inmates’ property to get their bank card, they gave him their PIN and he went to their bank to get the $100.

Although restitution was not part of the original plea agreement, the judge said he will order Crain to repay the $800.


Former jail worker turns himself in on sex with inmate charges


SEVIERVILLE (WATE) — A former Sevier County Jail kitchen supervisor turned himself in on charges of having sex with an inmate.

Paul Lintner resigned in February after a former inmate filed a lawsuit claiming Lintner sexually harassed, assaulted and raped him.

Lintner was booked in the Sevier County Jail on six counts of having sex with an inmate, allegedly between September 2006 and February 2007.

Lintner’s being held on a $25,000 bond. He’s scheduled to be arraigned on October 14.


Employees Admit Jail Sexual Encounters

Two men admit they had sexual encounters with Montgomery County jail inmates while they were working there.

Santiago Alcantara and Kevin Vance settled their court cases on Wednesday and were placed on a two-year pre-trial diversion and probation.

The men worked for the sheriff’s department but were fired earlier this year after internal investigations revealed the sexual relationships.


Former sheriff’s employee indicted on sex charges


A former employee of the Sevier County sheriff’s office has been charged with having sex with an inmate.

A news release from the District Attorney’s office says Ty Paul Lintner of Sevierville was named in a six-count presentment returned by a grand jury charging him with multiple counts of sexual contact with an inmate.

The incidents allegedly took place between September 2006 and February 2007.

Lintner was being held in lieu of $25,000 bond and is scheduled for an Oct. 14 arraignment.

Lintner has also been accused in two federal civil-rights lawsuits of sexually harassing two prisoners at the jail. The latest lawsuit was filed in July while a similar suit was filed in February.

County officials and Lintner denied all allegations in the February suit. Lintner’s attorney, Jeffrey Ward of Greeneville, said he had not seen the new lawsuit and could not comment.



Loudon sheriff suspends 4 officers in escape fiasco

Loudon County Sheriff Tim Guider today suspended four officers in connection with a suspect who escaped three times in 10 hours.

Two corrections officers and two deputies guarding a suspect at a hospital each have been suspected three days without pay, Guider said today.

At the center of the action was 18-year-old Joshua O’Brien Hayworth, of Loudon who faces two counts of escape, felony theft, felony fleeing and vandalism, the sheriff said. Hayworth was being held in the Loudon County Jail without bond.

Guider said the action involving Hayworth began about 2 p.m. Sunday when authorities were alerted that a late ’90s Ford Crown Victoria was operated in an erratic manner on Harrison Road near Lenoir City High School. The license plate information called in by a citizen showed the car had been reported stolen earlier Sunday in Lenoir City, Guider said.

Loudon County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tony Aikens encountered the car on Sugarlimb Road near Hotchkiss Valley Road and a short chase resulted, the sheriff said. Hayworth abandoned the car in a field and fled on foot.

At 5 p.m., Hayworth was in custody.

“A resident called in and said they think they had our boy,” Guider said. “He had come out of the woods near our search area and wanted something to drink.”

The resident put Hayworth in a shed with something cool to drink and that’s where officers got him without a struggle, the sheriff said.

At the jail, a corrections officer removed Hayworth’s ankle shackles and handcuffs after placing him in a holding cell in the booking room. When the officer turned his back to check on another inmate, Hayworth “darted behind the officer and out he went” through an open door, Guider said.

Another door in the sally port area also was left open, providing access to the outside, Guider said. Hayworth used the hood of a car as a trampoline and boosted himself to the top of the chain-link fence equipped with barbed wire and flipped over the fence.

That prompted a second search – this one involving the Knox County Sheriff’s Office helicopter – of the wooded area around the jail. That search ended at 9:30 p.m. when Hayworth was found “a couple hundred yards from the jail in the thick brush,” Guider said.

Because a police dog that helped located Hayworth also got a bite in on the suspect, officers took him to the Fort Sanders Loudon Medical Center for treatment. Hayworth was in ankle shackles and handcuffs as he was wheeled away in a wheelchair by an officer after being treated.

The officer with Hayworth let loose one of the handcuffs when the suspect said he needed to use a restroom. As the officer pushed the wheelchair to the restroom door, Hayworth bolted from the chair and into the restroom. Hayworth locked the door, which allowed him enough time to climb into the hospital ceiling, Guider said.

“A few minutes later, they pulled him down,” the sheriff said.

At 12:20 a.m., Hayworth again was in custody.

Although Hayworth turned 18 in May, he already has accumulated a criminal history, Guider said. On June 21, Loudon Police Department officers charged Hayworth with evading arrest and theft. On June 30, LPD officers charged him with theft and aggravated robbery, the sheriff said.

More details as they develop online and in Tuesday’s News Sentinel.


3 employees fired at Tenn. Prison for Women



NASHVILLE (AP) — Two guards and the recreation director at the Tennessee Prison for Women have been fired after an investigation into misconduct.

Two other guards have resigned and a sixth employee is awaiting a department hearing on accusations.

Tennessee Department of Correction spokeswoman Dorinda Carter said Monday there was a sexual relationship between at least one male guard and an inmate.

Carter said a department investigation began two weeks ago and the activity is believed to have occurred within the past month.

Some of the information will be forwarded to prosecutors for review, Carter said.


Sheriff: Employee stole from inmates to pay rent

ERWIN, Tenn. — An employee of the Unicoi County Jail is accused of stealing money from inmates to pay his rent.

The Kingsport Times-News reported 36-year-old Jimmy Fox was charged with two counts of theft and one count of misconduct after Sheriff Kent Harris said Fox admitted taking money belonging to two jail inmates.

Fox had worked at the jail for about three weeks. He is also a former Washington County constable.

Harris said inmates complained they didn’t get back all the money they had surrendered when they were booked.

The sheriff said investigators were preparing to give Fox a polygraph test Monday when he admitted taking nearly $300, saying he paid his rent with it.

Fox was immediately fired. He is charged with theft and offical misconduct.


A Correction Officer and two Police Officers were indicted in Campbell County

JACKSBORO, Tenn. (WVLT) — Three law officers from three different agencies have been indicted on various charges in Campbell County.

Former Jacksboro Police Officer Ancil Brian Parker, 39, and former Campbell County Corrections officer Tonya Robinson, 34, have both been indicted on official misconduct and drug charges, according to a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation release.

The TBI says, “Robinson was also indicted on one count of theft under $500.”

Marijuana and cocaine were stolen from evidence at the Jacksboro Police Department and traded to a third person for prescription drugs, according to the TBI release.

“Robinson’s theft charge stems from stealing from a prisoner at the jail,” according to the TBI.

Parker and Robinson were charged several months ago, but were only recently indicted.

Also in Campbell County, former LaFollette Police Officer Jeremy Cross, 26, has been indicted on two counts of official misconduct and one count of official oppression.

“On July 5, 2008 Cross stopped a female motorist and during the traffic stop, sex acts were performed in exchange for the victim not going to jail,” according to the TBI release


West Tennessee sheriff pleads guilty in assault case

GAINESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Jackson County sheriff Kenneth Bean has pleaded guilty to two assault charges as part of a plea bargain requiring him to resign from office.

Bean received two years probation and can not run for public office for six years.

Earlier, Bean had pleaded not guilty to 13 counts of official misconduct, two counts of sexual contact with an inmate and three counts of sexual battery, all stemming from incidents at the county jail and sheriff’s office in Gainesboro.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said previously that Bean and other deputies had been sexually engaged with as many as 10 inmates since 2005. Three deputies pleaded guilty in the case to various charges related to improper sexual contact with female inmates.


2 jailers indicted in drug smuggling probe

Two Shelby County deputy jailers are among a dozen people charged with conspiring to smuggle marijuana and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax into the Shelby County Jail.

Four prisoners and six outsiders are also charged.

Federal indictments filed this week allege the deputy jailers — 26-year-old Darryl Brandon Taylor and 34-year-old Tiar Shabazz — were involved in the drug operation in the jail between February and July.

Taylor, who was hired in October, resigned on April 17. Shabazz, who was hired in August 2001, is on paid leave.

The case was investigated by the Tarnished Blue Task Force that includes the FBI, the sheriff’s office and the Memphis Police Department.


Officer Accused Of Groping Female Inmates

Corrections Officer Charged With Sexual Assault

GALLATIN, Tenn. — A Sumner County corrections officer was fired in the wake of claims that he groped two female inmates.


Elvis Wade was arrested on Monday and charged with sexual battery.


A sheriff’s department representative said the department has been investigating Wade for a few weeks.


According to a police affidavit, Wade touched women in the jail inappropriately and tried to bribe them so they wouldn’t complain.


Fired Montgomery jail worker indicted in sex case

A man who was fired from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in May has been charged with having sexual contact with an inmate.

On Monday, Santiago Alcantara, 37, of Raintree Drive was booked at the Montgomery County Jail. He made bail of $10,000.

A one-count indictment handed down in the June term of the grand jury said that Alcantara had sexual contact with a female inmate April 28.

After an investigation, he was fired from the Sheriff’s Office, officials said.

Alcantara was the second sheriff’s office worker indicted on such charges this year. Kevin Vance, 30, a former office employee, was indicted last week by the grand jury.

Having sexual contact with an inmate is a Class E felony and carries a one- to six-year sentence under state law.



Deputy jailer charged after buying drugs for inmates

A  Boyd Co. deputy jailer is facing drug charges after allegedly purchasing prescription pills that he planned to sell to inmates in the detention center.

Loval Marshall, 37, of Ashland, was arrested on Thursday night. The Boyd County Sheriff’s Department says Marshall met with an informant at a local gas station, where he bought 13 Roxycodone pills.

Marshall then led police on a slow-speed chase before throwing the pills out the window. The pills were recovered and the pill bottle was found in Marshall’s car. Marshall, who had worked at the jail for six years, told police he’d supplied drugs for inmates on other occasions. He was immediately fired from his job.



Sheriff accused of sex with inmates faces ouster

Jackson County Sheriff Kenneth Bean may be kicked out of office while awaiting trial on charges of having sex with female inmates in his care.


Jackson County Sheriff Kenneth Bean

An eight-page ouster document, filed Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court, alleges numerous incidents of misconduct by Bean, including sexual relations with female inmates; failure to secure and maintain evidence, including confiscated drugs; and threatening to plant evidence to further his sexual conquests.

We’ve asked that a suspension hearing be scheduled for the 29th, but we don’t know if that will hold up,” said County Attorney William Draper.

The complaint follows a mandate approved by the Jackson County Commission at its April meeting to oust the sheriff. That came after three Jackson County deputies pleaded guilty to charges related to sexual contact with female inmates.

Bean was arrested in June and charged with sexual contact with at least 10 female inmates since 2005. The indictments say some incidents took place at the jail and the sheriff’s office in Gainesboro, 65 miles northeast of Nashville.

The sheriff was indicted after a six-month investigation. His criminal trial is pending.

“I feel like I should have my day in court before they try to remove me from office,” Bean said Monday. “Everyone I charge with a crime goes through court before being removed from their jobs.”

Bean, serving his second term in office, would not comment any further on the case.

‘Too much bad stuff’

“The ouster is rare, but the commission decided that there was too much bad stuff going on,” Draper said.

“It wasn’t a clear decision either. A lot of commissioners really like him, and a lot of people think this guy is doing a heck of a good job, so there is a lot of confusion over this.”

Special Counsel Alan Poindexter, of the Lebanon law firm Rochelle, McCulloch & Aulds, was retained to assist Draper because of the number of incidents and the volume of witnesses and evidence considered in the case.

Bean’s conduct “shocks the conscience” of reasonable men, Poindexter said in a statement.

“I think, faced with these facts, the Jackson County Commission took the only reasonable course of action available to them: to seek the immediate ouster of Sheriff Bean for the good of Jackson County and for the safety and security of her citizens,” he said.

“Sheriff Bean used his position of trust not once, not occasionally, but many times to take advantage of the female inmates to advance his own sexual appetites, as well as those of his deputies,” Poindexter added.

“He offered and gave illegal drugs and favorable treatment to inmates in exchange for sexual favors.”



Washington County Jailer Arrested For Sneaking Tobacco Into Jail

A longtime Washington County, Tennessee, detention officer is now spending time in the jail he used to protect. Washington County investigators arrested jailer Timothy Crain Thursday morning and charged him with eight felony counts of official misconduct.

Crain is accused of using an inmate’s credit card, at that inmate’s request, to buy and sneak tobacco into the jail.  In return, investigators say the inmate paid Crain $100. Chief Deputy Pat Littleton says it had been going on since December. Crain first started working with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office back in 2001.


Jackson County Moves To Oust Sheriff after sex scandal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Ten months after being indicted in a jail sex scandal, Jackson County is moving to oust its sheriff.


The County Commission voted this week to file a suit to remove Sheriff Kenneth Bean from office.


Bean and several other officers where arrested last June when they were accused of having sex with jail inmates.


Two men have already pleaded guilty, but the case is still pending against Bean. Bean has continued to serve as sheriff.